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“Imagine lying down with headphones on, with the words of ‘The Little Prince’ floating through your ears. Then the words are repeated in an unknown language, followed by nonsense words. You sit in an MRI machine and in your head your brain lights up in response to the known and the unknown. Oh, and you’re a dog. When neuropathologist Laura Cuaya moved from Mexico to Hungary with her border collie Kun-kun, she was driven to discover if he could detect the language difference. The result: Cuaya’s study of 18 dogs, followed in an fMRI, showed that the dog’s brains did recognize these changes. That makes dogs the first non-primates with spontaneous language skills. So if you’re streaming subtitled shows from other countries, Fido will know.”

— CNN World, January 10

Laura Cuaya’s findings don’t surprise me. We are learning more and more about the abilities of our canine family members and friends from numerous scientific studies, as well as our own observations.

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