Is your dog a natural comedian? Making you laugh when he sees you’re down?
We have heard about — and actually seen — dogs that are intelligently funny. But most of the times we just dismiss them as “funny” from our point of view, meaning these canines do not really intend to make us smile or laugh.
The doggie would like to kiss the bride, too!
But now there’s more and more talk going on that dogs, at least some of them, do have a sense of humor – and sometimes of rumor as well as when they try to tell us something with their woofs, movements and other uncanny acts.
I’ve read a story in the Internet just a while ago about a writer named Stanley Coren who describes his Terrier named Flint as a dog who almost always try to amuse his owners.
On one occasion, Stanley says his wife Karen was having friends over for coffee. Flint hung around the guests, perhaps hoping for a morsel of food. Karen shooed the dog away and told him to go find something interesting to do. Flint obediently left, only to return with one of Karen’s undergarments in his mouth.
Coren writes, “Evading capture, he proceeded to flagrantly snap it from side to side with great joy—to the amusement of the company and the dismay of my wife!”
Did the terrier know he was being funny? Hard to say, but Coren says Flint did get a great deal of enjoyment out of it.
Another dog owner writes: “I guess you could say… that I startle easily. And now, I live with The Crow – she’s an unusually smart dog with a wicked sense of humor. She’s decided it’s funny to ambush me from the shower stall. Hahaha. Now I know she’s likely to be there, and it doesn’t scare me anymore … not much, at least. Still, there’s always a small start when I don’t realize she’s in there and I turn to see this.”
Sometimes I think dogs could think like us, people. It seems at times they are really trying to be funny, not just playful, which is common to all dogs.
Another writer named appears to agree with my view. She said her tiny Yorkshire Terrier named Missy is exceedingly careful to make sure the line between play and not-play is very clear. She writes: “Missy loves to growl and yap ferociously when playing a game with a person. But she’ll abruptly call a time out by running over and licking her human opponent most humbly, as if to say, ‘Hey, you know this is only a game, right? You know I wouldn’t hurt you.’ Once Missy is satisfied that all parties understand that it’s only a game, she’ll go right back to it, acting out her savage beast within.”
Dogs are truly everyone’s best friend … and best joker!
By the way, here’s a trivia: What does the phrase a “Dog Day Afternoon” mean? That phrase was made famous in the 1975 movie starring Al Pacino.
The answer: The “dog” in the phrase does not refer to our canine friend. It actually refers to the star “Sirius,” also known as the dog star, found in the constellation of Canis Major, which derived its name from the Greek word ‘“seirios,” which means “scorching.”
The star sirius is most visible in our hemisphere during the summer months as the brightest star in the heavens (not Polaris, the northern star).
So, “dog day afternoon” actually means nothing more than a hot summer afternoon.