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If They Could Talk to the Human Folk

If They Could Talk to the Human Folk

On why we give our dogs voices.

Raise your hand if your dog speaks to you in English.

Mine is raised even though I’m still typing. Big mutt Franklin’s voice (thanks to my amazing ventriloquism skills) is very high-pitched and kind of screechy. I was trying to figure out how to describe it to you last night when Edith Bunker from All in the Family came to mind. Frank’s voice is like hers — friendly but piercing. He’ll think nothing of screaming out to me from another floor of the house: “Daaaad, where are you?” Or, with one eye on little shiba inu Rosie he’ll reassure himself by asking, “Dad, you love me more than huh, right?” (He says “huh” for “her” — thick New York accent, that one, even though he originally hailed from Tennessee.)

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