My dog can understand plain English. This morning I was reading, and she heard a neighbor dog barking. She perked up, and she joined in with that understated “oof” that she has. “Oof,” she said. And then again a few seconds later, “Oof.”
I told her, “Don’t worry about it, kid, relax. You got to be zen, man. You got to be zen.”
And she was.