Dogs and Language
Cesar Goes to Spain
Many things have the ability to cut through differences of language and culture, the love of pets is among them. I am among the many millions of people around the world who love our pets, be they cats, dog, birds, or fish to name the most popular ones. I happen to be a dog or cat person. Interestingly dogs and language have a lot in common.
Recently I got a newsletter in my email folder from the world famous Dog Whisperer, Cesar Milan, who I have followed and admired for many years. He is doing a new show in Spanish!
Cesar is currently filming a new television series in Spain called EL LíDER DE LA MANADA which means in English “The Leader of the Pack“. The filming is being done in Madrid Spain. The new show will be in Spanish and geared to Spanish speaking audiences in Spain and Latin America. It has a reality show premise which uses ordinary people from all walks of life who want to learn how to be the leader of their own dog pack.
You may not know it but Cesar Milan was born in Mexico and had a love of dogs from a very early age. When he came to the United States he spoke no English but as a result of contacts such as Jada Pinkett Smith he learned English and pursued his passion for dogs. This is an example of the importance of both dogs and language in his life. He created the Dog Psychology Center in South Los Angeles and he has become well known all over the world. Cesar reports that he is really enjoying learning the culture of Spain and the Spanish people are very warm and have really welcomed him.
The Spanish speaking audience of dog owners has really grown and Cesar’s expertise with dogs and language is very timely. Having Spanish as his first language makes him a perfect fit. Just think of it, Spanish dogs speak Spanish!
Another interesting story about dogs and language comes from the UK. Did you know that you can teach sign language for dogs? It seems that a lady there adopted a shelter dog and later found out that she was deaf. I’m sure by then he had stolen her heart, instead of taking her back, she has taught her some basic sign language! We can only guess that the former owners may have thought that the dog was just being unteachable and couldn’t learn and took her to the shelter. Thanks to her patience we have what could have been a sad story with a happy ending.
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