by Michael Hofferber. Copyright © 1992. All rights reserved.
People who live with animals almost invariably talk to their critters, or at least that's been my experience. And the animals, in their own way, usually talk back.
I've personally talked to several horses, a few cows, assorted chickens, a pair of exceptional pigs and dozens of dogs and cats.
We don't carry on about American literature, of course. When I do, their eyes glaze over the way mine do when someone talks about computer programming. They sniff. The scratch. They look elsewhere and finally walk away.
But when the subject is birds or food or the quality of the weather, then we understand each other just fine.
I find it curious, therefore, that people will pay good money to have someone teach them how to talk to their pets.
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