Dumber than a Dog?!

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Imagine discovering your communication skills are below that of a common dog!  Well, that’s exactly how I felt recently.  The owners of a local dog (off leash) were shouting several commands to their dog who was straying just a bit too far.  The dog turned, looked at the owners, and I could just see the wheels turning in the dog’s mind as it considered whether or not to obey.  Then, the dog made the right decision and returned to the owners.  I had heard and listened to the exact same words, but they meant nothing to me.


That’s when it hit me:  Kevin, you are “dumber than a dog”!  Of course, that’s not exactly true, but my communication skills in that particular situation were absolutely inferior.  So, as Thanksgiving arrives on this side of the world, I am thankful for the big slice of “humble pie” this dog provided, and looking forward to enjoying a real slice of apple pie!

Also thankful my language skills have improved since then!

Copyright © Kevin Beaty, YUNEV and “Feet on the Ground…”, 2014-2015.  All rights reserved.


  1. Good one Kevin – a very clever and creative post. I’m only going to start worrying about you if you start sneaking up behind dogs to sniff them…. Happy Thanksgiving and eat LOTS of apple (or pumpkin) pie. sue



  2. K & G, keep your posts coming. We’re enjoying the experiences of China vicariously through you guys so much. It’s amazing you’re on the other side of the planet, yet it feels like its so much closer.
    Love ya! Hayden & Bev



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