They do not understand

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They do not understand

Dogs do not understand English, Spanish or Serbo-Croation. They understand Dog. That might surprise my neighbor who thinks, “Shuttup!’ and “Knokitoff stupid mutt!” are intelligent ways to teach obedience. The other day a local dog barked, whined and cried for an hour because a guy chained it outside to a pipe and yelled obscenities and stupidities at it, then smacked it for being stupid. Dogs do not understand that. If you’re too dumb to learn a little “dog” (kindness, gentleness and rewards for good behavior are basic “Dog”, for example) please give it to somebody who can. You don’t deserve it.

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Itza Barker & Hugh R. Lucinda Tung II

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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.