Intelligence Unleashed

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By Jennifer Webb, Founder, Shakespeare Animal Fund

We all think our pets are smart, maybe the smartest dog or the cleverest cat in the universe, which is also why we carry photos of our pets on our smart phones and laptops, brag about their cute tricks and how they allow us to actually share the bed with them.

You might find it interesting that according to canine expert Stanley Coren, who is also a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and author of several books on dogs, the average dog can learn 165 words (similar to a two-year-old child) including signals and gestures, and the really smart breeds (border collies, poodles and German shepherds) can learn 250 words.

And when it comes to basic arithmetic, our dogs are as smart as three and four year olds! I’m sure cats would probably be equivalent to high school seniors, but that’s another story.

In the meantime keep on reading about all the animals we’ve helped. There are several new stories added to our website and it’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’re so grateful, thanks to all our donations that we can help so many and stop so much suffering. But of course we need so much more help. Take a look at some of the animals we’ve helped this week. Go to our Good News! page.

Thanks again for all your support. I’ve got to go work on my dogs’ vocabulary. We’ve been working on one word, “stay,” for about a year now, and as of tonight they still haven’t figured it out. Oh well, they love me and that’s all that really counts!

Thanks for supporting Shakespeare and helping us continue to help!

Jennifer Webb
Founder, Shakespeare Animal Fund



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