Sonya Dog has shown no interest in learning how to speak English, but she does understand a few words of it. She usually obeys "sit," "stay," "down," "come," and "leave it," but translates "no" as meaning "please leap up beside me on the couch and make yourself comfortable."
Some dogs may be color-blind, but Sonia recognizes blue. She
knows that anyone at PetsMart wearing a blue shirt will give her
treat, and she's wary of the blue tarp that Husband covers the riding
mower with. The black tarp was okay, but that blue one is highly suspicious.
Sonia can hear the rip of Velcro from three rooms and a floor away when Mommy is putting on her outdoor shoes to go for a walk, but she doesn't even twitch an eyelid when Daddy's alarm clock rings.