A while back I did a story about an overachiever who was dazzling the world with his knowledge of toys. Yawn, Rico, Border Collie in Germany was making headlines because he knew the names of 200 toys.Well, Rico, know what's up? Your 15 minutes of fame! You know why? Because the NY times reports that a girl, yea big boy, a GIRL named Chaser from Spartanburg, S.C., has the largest vocabulary of any known dog. She knows 1,022 nouns! And that is only part of the story.
The article titled SIT. STAY. PARSE. GOOD GIRL! details Chaser's skill and what psychologists are learning from her. You read it correctly, they are learning FROM HER. Sigh. Two leggeds.
They think they know everything.
Turning my attention. Do you know why I don't know the names for 1022 toys????? Because I DON'T HAVE 1,022 toys, that's why. Between the toy boxes I think I am at about 300 or so toys. I live in an under- toyed house. I am underprivileged. And do you know whose fault that is???
Momma and her rules.... yea, world, momma has rules about toys. Before any toy is allowed to come live here, it has to pass the OCD momma tests. Don't ask me. Something about material, construction and safety.?????
Well, momma, thank you for depriving me the opportunity to learn. Chaser's human did not limit her learning... closing my eyes, letting out a deep sigh.
Wait a minute.... does Chaser have an Ipad or a laptop? Does she use Dragon Naturally Barking? I do! I blog!!! I know how to travel in style, I know hotel menus, room service, I know great shopping, I know some music, I know some literature... I know how to handle my daddy, my Adam... and the Dowi! I know way more than the name of stupid toys! But I would like more toys.
Let's try this. Momma... in the name of science and in pursuit of knowledge[oy] can I please have more toys?
Thank you to Mary Carr, Rocky's momma our contributing editor for this post as she sent us the article on Chaser.