While Ben has a beautiful daughter to take photos of, play with at the park, and watch grow up and head off to prom, I don’t. So, I’m getting a dog to do those things.
Since I have another 37 lbs to go, I’m taking the time to do a little research into what type of dog I might be interested in. I’m even learning a few things along the way, like the suggestion that humans may have a bit better of an understanding of the intent behind a dog’s bark than we thought:
Researchers played a collection of barks to a group of people. Regardless of whether they owned a dog or not, most people could tell from a bark whether a dog was alone or being approached by a stranger, playing or being aggressive.
It’s crazy to think that for all these years, dogs have been communicating to us knowing we would understand, even if we didn’t suspect it.