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Talking Dog says "Popsicle" by combining the words "water" and "treat!"

By Woof Meow Hello Staff December 20, 2020

On the hottest days of the year, Polly Brown, the Nova Scotia-based talking dog, stays cool and refreshed with what her mum calls "pupsicles."

Without a recordable word button for “popsicle,” Polly combines two words that she does have the ability to say in order to explain what she wants:

 

 

Big shoes to fill

Polly is not the first non-human animal to combine words as a workaround for expressing herself with words she does not yet have the means to use. Koko the gorilla, who famously mastered many words in a simplified form of ASL, combined the words "finger" and "bracelet" to refer to a ring.

 


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