Note from dog
Normally, I hand NOTE FROM DOG over to a pup who has earned a starring role in a current story, but this time around, I asked them if I might have their permission to write this NOTE because a lot has happened since we sent our last one at the end of November.

Bunny the talking Dog (Instagram/@what_about_bunny)

Instagram

Bunny the Talking Dog is a viral sensation

Bunny, the “talking dog” is a Sheepadoodle, who has been trained to communicate using a sound board with large buttons keyed to different words. By pressing them in sequence, she can relay basic sentences and sentiments — “Bunny sad,” or “where mom,” for instance.

While her true understanding of language is debated, most animal behavior researchers and laypersons alike agree that she is positively communicating and seems to understand what she says and hears back, according to Nicole E. Karlis in Salon. Bunny’s owner, Alexis Devine, shares videos of Bunny “talking” on her social media accounts, which are pretty convincing.

Bunny, who has 7.1 million followers on TikTok, is one of nearly 2,600 dogs and 300 cats enrolled in a project called TheyCanTalk. The study aims to understand if animals can communicate with humans through augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices such as the buttons that have become wildly popular with dog owners.

subscription

SUBSCRIBE TO LOVE, DOG
Become an annual or monthly subscriber or give a gift subscription. You'll have full access to all of our original content and best of all, your dog will love you even more!
Subscribe Today

Suggested Reads