My Dog Understands English!

This book is mostly full of true stories about ordinary dogs who obeyed unusual commands they weren't taught. Here is a bit of a different story. Hopefully, we will see more of this story in the comments, so keep your eye on them! Copyright 2013 Cherise Kelley. All rights reserved.


Sometimes, things happen that are just too funny for words. This was one of those times. We have this beautiful parrot that is quite talkative. His name is Ashley, and he sits watching everything in the large family room.

The dogs usually ignore the bird unless he squawks. That is, the dogs ignored it until the bird started learning the dogs’ names. He would call them and they would come running! It gets better.

My son decided to teach the bird dog commands, to see if the dogs would obey. 


I did not see any response to this until one day as I was folding laundry.

I heard, “Yoda, sit,” and then “Roll over.”

I peeked around the corner, and there was Yoda in front of the bird cage, doing the commands.

It was so funny, I grabbed the video camera to try to record it, but it was out of charge. Each time the bird would say ‘Sit’ or ‘Roll over’, Yoda would do it. Yoda caught on that it was the bird giving the commands after that, though. I never got another chance to record it. Darn!

Bird Commanding Dog Videos 

Cherise again, here. I so wish she had gotten that on video, the bird giving the dog commands! Isn’t that hilarious? I wonder if someone else will try it. If you do, please get it on video, post it online, and leave a comment here with the name of the site and the name of the video, so we can watch it. I would love to see that! I bet other readers would, too.

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