I have more news on my Akita. Yesterday at the office was another day with people coming and going. Once again, Buster was purring with some of the women who were petting him. It seems like now that he is comfortable in that setting, he purrs easily with some women who stop by to talk and to pet him. It’s not clear yet whether he purrs more in response to the petting or the voices. In any case, it’s just super cute.
If that weren’t enough, we have another new development. He vocalizes with one of our faculty members. She would say something to him, and he would vocalize; this continued for several rounds making it clear that this was in fact some kind of call and response. It was amazing. He was in the down position facing her, head up slightly, and he was responding every time she spoke. I could see his tummy expand and tighten each time he vocalized. The next time I am going to have the videotape ready so I can record this. My Akita talks.
I have read about certain breeds of dogs being able to vocalize, but it seems that most of them are breeds that have a flatter face, like a pug. But, there he was having a conversation. I don’t think I would have believed it had I not witnessed it.
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