This is our dog Law – he understand English – especially farm dog instructions like ‘Go back, get up, up the front and most used of all, F*** off.’
Have you ever thought about animals speaking other languages?
When you do think about it, it seems perfectly logical. After all if the only words that an animal hears are German, then obviously that animal won’t understand when I say ‘go back,’ in English.
This had never crossed my mind, until last week.
We’ve just employed a bloke from South Africa and his dog only speaks Afrikaans; not an ounce of English! It was absolutely amazing to watch this dog work and do the things that I would want it to do, but the instructions were not what I could understand.
I couldn’t help but smile, when I saw Luhan talking to his dog and her face went from a solemn doggy look, to having a huge grin across it, with her tongue hanging out to emphasise her pleasure at what had just been said. The Boss made comment, that Luhan had better not be saying nasty things about him, to his dog and making her laugh at him!
During that day that I realised animals spoke other languages, Anthony wanted the dogs out of the yards and yelled the appropriate instructions – something along the lines of ‘Bugger orf.’ They all left except this Afrikaans speaking dog. The Boss jokingly said to Luhan, that he best teach him how to say F*** off in Afrikaans, so he could at least hand out one instruction!
So I’ve realised that Dr Dolittle must have been extra clever to understand what the animals were saying, when they can speak all the languages of the world.