I have a dog. He's a Welsh Terrier. People always ask if he's a mini Airedale and I say no, he's a Welsh. It's its own breed. Sometimes I tell people he's an Attention Hound. Sometimes I tell people he's a Belgian Waffle. Most of the time all of these responses are met with a disinterested "Oh really." I suppose they're disappointed that he's an actual dog and not a miniaturized version of a larger dog. Maybe I'll start telling people he's a full-size Airedale and they're obviously having trouble with their vision. Or we invented a shrink ray.
Most of the time I tell people his name is "Muffin" because it's easier than doing the "Carter?" "No, Cardiff." "Curtis?" "Cardiff" routine because that usually leads to me having to explain that Cardiff is in Wales, and yes, Wales exists, and that's why he's a Welsh terrier.
Cardiff is eight and he's allegedly clever. The other day on Facebook someone joked that their dog clearly understands words like "dinner" and "cookie" and I started thinking about the words that Cardiff understands. So I made a list.
Words My Dog Understands
- Go pee
- Let's go
- Good Boy
- Leave it
Words My Dog Obeys
- Get Luke
Luke is Cardiff's cat. We got Luke when he was about six weeks old and Cardiff took care of him. He still thinks Luke is his responsibility. Cardiff will distract Luke if Luke starts to claw the sofa. When they're outside, Cardiff keeps an eye on Luke and makes sure Luke doesn't jump the fence and (as seen in the video) herds Luke when it's time to go in.
Even if Cardiff does it by getting Luke to chase him.