Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Bilingual dogs!

The story of the bilingual dog...
A local business was looking for office help. They put a sign in the window, stating the following: "Help wanted. Must be able to type, must be good with a computer and must be bilingual. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer".

A short time afterwards, a dog trotted up to the window, saw the sign and went inside. He looked at the receptionist and wagged his tail, then walked over to the sign, looked at it and whined. Getting the idea, the receptionist got the office manager. The office manager looked at the dog and was surprised, to say the least. However, the dog looked determined, so he lead him into the office.

Inside, the dog jumped up on the chair and stared at the manager. The manager said, "I can't hire you. The sign says you have to be able to type." The dog jumped down, went to the typewriter and proceeded to type out a perfect letter. He took out the page and trotted over to the manager and gave it to him, then jumped back on the chair.

The manager was stunned, but then told the dog, "The sign says you have to be good with a computer." The dog jumped down again and went to the computer. The dog proceeded to enter and execute a perfect program that worked flawlessly the first time. By this time the manager was totally dumbfounded!

He looked at the dog and said, "I realize that you are a very intelligent dog and have some interesting abilities. However, I still can't give you the job." The dog jumped down and went to a copy of the sign and put his paw on the sentences that told about being an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The manager said, "Yes, but the sign also says that you have to be bilingual."

The dog looked at the manager calmly and said, "Meow!"

BOL!!! But this got us wondering, can dogs be bilingual? Well, we think so. Our neighbor pups - Saba and Maddie both know Polish and English. We always here our neighbors calling their pups - Chodz tu, Chodz tu, (I think I spelled that correctly!) to come here, come here! They were raised that way. But me? Nope don't have a clue about other languages other than English, unless you count some sign language that Mum has taught me.

When Mum lived in Texas she had to learn a little Spanish. She heard lots of phrases like descuento en hoteles, when folks were visiting and looking for discount hotels in the area. And when she would go to the post office, she'd always have to ask for sello de correos, for a postage stamp. She enjoyed living in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood and learning about their culture and language. But she has forgotten much of her Spanish since she moved back here to Indiana, and hasn't taught us any other languages.

We have a lot of reader/friends from other countries. Is your pup to be a bilingual dog?


  1. I love the joke! LOL. Woof - Meow ;)

  2. Hi, Johann.
    I love that story - you told it very well!

    I had a look at that site for Spanish hotels because my sister is off to Spain and then NY. But realised they were hotels in the US - I think.

    I may have commented twice (or even three times) - either your comments box is acting weird or I am pressing wrong keys - I'm on an unfamiliar computer.


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