“Here’s some guy named Stanley Coren,” Bernie said, “claims dogs are as smart as two-year-old children.”

I paused by the water bowl. Was that good or bad?

“He’s designed all these tests. The newer breeds tend to be the smartest. Border collies, poodles and German shepherds are supposedly at the top. You’ve got at least two of those, don’t you, big guy?”

Fine with me, if Bernie said so, but for no particular reason I had this sudden desire to track down Stanley Coren and grab him by the pant leg. I lapped up some water instead. Fresh and cool, just the way I like it. I felt better.

Tomorrow: Who’s that knocking?


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6 Responses to “IQ”

  1. Lady Doodle Dog
    4:14 am on August 10th, 2009

    Hey Chet! Don't get mad at Stanley. He's one of the good guys. When all the other "scientists" claim that we are just mindless creatures without feelings, he sticks up for us and sticks it to them! Mom quotes stuff from his book, 'how dogs think' all the time. She can get pretty worked up when when dumb people are acting…well dumb, about dogs. Imagine someone thinking that dogs don't dream. That's just stoopid.

  2. Lady Doodle Dog
    4:16 am on August 10th, 2009

    by the way, I'm mostly labrador retriever. We aren't as high up on the smarts list as you. Too easily distracted I think. Oh, there goes a squirrel… bye!

  3. Sarahkate
    5:29 am on August 10th, 2009

    No! No! Somebody got it bass-ackwards. It is MR. COREN who is as intelligent as a 2-year-old and furthermore he has no doubt never embraced the concept of various kinds of intelligence. I would pit my two brains-on-four-legs against Mr. Coren anytime. IMHO Mr. Coren and Mr. Katz should be locked in a room together for about 48 hours to word each other into authorship oblivion.

    Not a fan of either blitherer, could you guess???

  4. Diane
    10:57 am on August 10th, 2009

    Yup…. the library has a lot of his books. The one checked out the most is entitled: How to speak dog: Mastering the art of dog-human communication. Checked out 46 times; renewed 16 times. Not easy to speak dog apparently.

  5. Rebecca Rice
    5:14 pm on August 10th, 2009

    Go figure. I've never had any problem.

    *picking up Zoie tomorrow* (1st foster dog, hopefully of many)

    I'll let you know how it goes, Chet. I think you'd like her. She's pretty and cute.

  6. Lexi
    6:43 am on August 11th, 2009

    Hi Chet,

    What about us Golden Retrievers !!!!!!!!!


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