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Thurber’s Tail: Can Dogs Talk?

Tom Purcell on

I’ve always loved dogs who talk in TV shows and movies.

I’ve also always loved jokes told by talking dogs.

Which is why this joke makes me laugh out loud:

A three-legged dog walks into a bar and sets his pistol on the table.

“I don’t want any trouble,” says the nervous bartender.

“I have no beef with you,” says the dog. “I’m looking for the man who shot my paw.”

 

I recently watched the 1959 movie, “The Shaggy Dog,” and laughed out loud when Fred MacMurray realizes that his son has been transformed into a talking, shaggy dog.

One of the first movies to feature a talking dog, it was a runaway Disney hit, and I think I know why.

Any human whose home is blessed with a wonderful, silly dog would love for their pups to be able to talk.

Even though some dogs may appear to be voicing human words, such as “I wuvvvv youuuuu,” Scientific American says that dogs cannot talk the way humans do — but scientists do make it clear that dogs can communicate with us.

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