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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 51: Nov/Dec 2008
Marc Bekoff is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder. literati.net
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Submitted by Anonymous | August 14 2012 |

Dear Marc,

I cried when I read your article. Bravo! You have written what I consider to be one of the very best articles I have ever read. It touched my heart because you spoke the truth. Thank you. I was given a two week old German Short Haired Pointer since her mother and siblings died during the birth process. She has turned out to be a stunning, beautiful,and absolutely intelligent little girl. My little girl that I have had at my side nearly 24 hrs 7 days a week. It was the constant love and attention I gave her and her unending need to be loved and to love me back that has made our world absolutely perfect! The most recent thing tidat that occurred was when she saw the cat finish his meal. (I feed them together at the same time.) The cat had walked away after eating but my pup (less than 2 years old that weighs 76lbs)normally runs to the cat's bowl and licks it. Normally, I say "NO!" Today, she came to me, stood in front of me and gave several small yelps then looked at the bowl. I smiled at her and said, "Ok, go lick the bowl!" She darted at it. Marc, she has language skills. She comprehends what words mean. It's like we are having a real conversation now. She is becoming smarter and smarter day by day. I'm actually blown away by it. One thing I have noticed is that she hears something long before I do. I could go on and on. I love her more than words can express. My little girl is perfect in my eyes. Bye the way I am a big fan of Jane Goodall!

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