Just out of curiosity, how much do you all think your dogs understand you when you talk to them?
I was sitting here in the chair with Lily sitting on my lap, and she was facing me, looking at me lovingly while I spent twenty minutes delicately rubbing her ears and nose and whiskers and telling her how much I loved her, and she was just sitting there, loving on me, slowly blinking her eyes. It was very nice, and not so much different from every morning, when I wake up, and rub my little doggies down before getting out of bed. We have rituals.
What was weird, though, was that Rosie was on the couch, and eyeballing me the whole time, and I just have the feeling that Lily, whom I love more than life itself, doesn’t understand me, but just appreciates the unconditional love. Rosie, on the other hand, was looking at me with that JRT look we all know and love, and I really think she understood what I was saying to Lily.
So after Lily got up and moved on to somewhere else, Rosie ran over, jumped up on my lap, and was sitting eyeballing me in the same position Lily was just in. And as I pet her, scruffling her ears and sloftly petting her face and whiskers and telling her I love her, I swear that Rosie understood me.
Don’t get me wrong, I love both my little piglets, but I just can not escape the fact that Rosie is so much smarter than Lily and really understands what I am saying. Lily just loves me unconditionally, as I love her, and she will always be my favorite, but I can’t get away from the fact that Rosie knows what I am saying.