Archive for February 10th, 2016

val1The fine folks at Buon Italia, importers of quality goods from Italy, have curated the best way to get to your Valentine’s heart – the Assorted Colorful Small Hearts collection from Guido Gobino.

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“Guido Gobino has created some specialties specially designed for lovers: Delicious Hearts made of Extra Bitter, Milk or White Very fine Chocolate, beautifully hand-decorated and with an exclusive surprise hidden within, or multicolored 5 grams hearts, presented in sorted packs.”

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chaserLady, my dad’s best dog ever, was not only the most beautiful dog ever, she was also the smartest. This combination was said to come from her breeding – she was half Golden Retriever and half Border Collie and she got the best traits of both. The latter being well known as the smartest breed of dog going. So I was predisposed to like this week’s read, Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words by John Pilley.

Chaser, a Border Collie herself, has been raised and trained to understand over a thousand words, which is just amazing. She can identify all sorts of toys by name and even understands sentences beyond the simple commands most dogs have mastered. In his book, Mr. Pilley tells the incredible story of Chaser and how we might be able to educate our own pups.

About Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words by John Pilley: “Chaser has a way with words. She knows over a thousand of them—more than any other animal of any species except humans. In addition to common nouns like house, ball, and tree, she has memorized the names of more than one thousand toys and can retrieve any of them on command. Based on that learning, she and her owner and trainer, retired psychologist John Pilley, have moved on to further impressive feats, demonstrating her ability to understand sentences with multiple elements of grammar and to learn new behaviors by imitation. John’s ingenuity and tenacity as a researcher are as impressive as Chaser’s accomplishments. His groundbreaking approach has opened the door to a new understanding of animal intelligence, one that requires us to reconsider what actually goes on in a dog’s mind. Chaser’s achievements reveal her use of deductive reasoning and complex problem-solving skills to address novel challenges. Yet astonishingly, Chaser isn’t unique. John’s training methods can be adopted by any dog lover.”

I have been thinking about getting a dog in the next year or so and have been considering a Border Collie. Now I want one more than ever, but I am afraid that any dog I get may end up running the household.

Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words by John Pilley is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.