ON THE BACK BURNER

April 29

I meant to look up how many words a reasonably intelligent person knows and then the number of words a dog knows. I think that I am still winning on that front, but it is scary how much Cricket understands. Voice inflection counts for a lot of her understanding, but still, dogs are pretty good with their limited vocabulary. Do you call it vocabulary when they don't actually speak? Understand is better. Cricket understands a lot. She knows the difference between a "cookie" and "Kookie" her friend. She knows that when I say,"there is your buddy", it is a friend. Sometimes the friend is human, sometimes not. She knows the words for bodily function, although my son says she was going to go anyway. When I say,"go see Bob", she does. She has silent messages that she gives to me. A stare or pawing me, means out, now. I learned that one quickly. We had a dog who brought me his water bowl when it was empty. Now that was smart. I'm teaching her to play "dead". That's a no brainer. Every time she is lying down I say, "play dead". She's doing it right now. She is also snoring. Maybe this isn't working so well.

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29.08 | 13:45

Don't quite know how this got to me but it was on the top line of my computer (not in email) But I really enjoyed it. I truly admire you.

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31.07 | 07:02

Leona, do you have a date or a booked flight that you come back ?

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Everything sounds so wonderful Leona. Venice will seem boring . I would want to move to Portownsend where the kids are living. All sounds great . Is there?

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That lavender sounds very nice!

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