I have absolutely no idea what made me remember this. It just popped into my head a few minutes ago.
I have four sisters. Our voices are very much alike... pitch, tone, inflections, all of that. And all five of of us even have that distinct trace... egad! ... MOM in our voices. *shiver*
When Paddy was just under a year old, one sister came to visit. She'd never met Paddy, Paddy had never met her. She and I were walking up the sidewalk from the driveway just chattering away like magpies. Pad was out to greet us. He stopped dead in his tracks, perked his ears forward, his eyes turned into question marks as he tried to figure out which one of us to listen to! "There are two mom voices! What do I do now?!?"
Paddy being the diplomat he was born to be, he finally walked up and wagged all over both of us. Wasn't that nice?
Seamus and Flynn
That's interesting I think they do pick up on tone much more than what's actually being said.
This is sort of related to your story, I think: There is one trainer at our club who delivers a distinctly different, almost melodic ring for each command. It's hard to explain, but she uses a different inflection for each word. I think it gives them another clue what she's asking to do and helps prevent confusion in the ring. She must be doing something right, because she has one OTCH dog and her others are well on their way. It's really weird to listen to her in the ring. But I've often thought I will do that next time. I can definitely see the value.
I think you are right. When we went back to our breeder's to train, Kate went running up to Nancy (our breeder) and jumped on her legs. There were other people around but Kate went right for her. She has a very distinct voice & Nancy's husband said she always talks to all the puppies & she would say to Kate." kate Kate....how are you today. There's my kate Kate." Well that is about what she said when we were there & I am sure kate remembered her.
That's a sweet story, Nance.
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
Awwwww what a sweet memory.
~Veronica and Nikki~
Sweet Emma, 16th of February 1996~26th of November 2010
Always in my heart and soul. Together forever, my love....
Nikki 6 months
That's a super sweet memory! I actually played around with this at a horse show once. Daisy was in her crate in a stall (our tack stall, at the shows you always get an extra horse stall to put all your stuff in) and she was sleeping. I peered over the panel, where she couldn't see me even if she did wake. I had my fiance talk, and she just kept on sleeping. Then I talked. Her ears perked, eyes opened, I talked again and her head snapped up! Pretty cute!
Daisy, Hayshaker She's Utterly Unforgettable, CGC
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Murphy, Riley, and Piper
very cool observation.