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By Gary DeNeal
Gary DeNeal is the editor and publisher since 1985 of Springhouse, a bi-monthly magazine focusing on the history and lore of southeastern Illinois.
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By Gary DeNeal
Jan. 25, 2013 1:39 p.m.

I know a dog that lives with books. He doesn’t chew them up or toss then about like bulky toys. No, Literary Dog gently lays his head on the nearest volume and sleeps a sleep some people would envy.
He does know plenty of words, though not necessarily as a result of close proximity to dictionaries or any of the other books serving double-duty as pillows.
These are his words that come to mind: treat—I fear that’s his favorite by far—cow, kitty, toy, stay, outside, Blue… Years ago, had we known of Literary Dog’s aptitude for learning, we could have worked with him on a daily basis, and by this time, he could well be barking such a rich vocabulary as to put other dogs to shame. Alas, we sold him short. As with other well-meaning folks, we made the mistake of thinking a dog just a dog, a cuddly but limited creature.
Never underestimate your dog or cat, or parrot for that matter.

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