Go out for a walk, and you’ll likely encounter all sorts of animals. The wild ones like squirrels, birds, and chipmunks will steer well clear of you. You might encounter a neighborhood cat that will keep its distance, staring at you with a mix of curiosity and distrust. And of course, there will be plenty of dogs.
Some dogs are shy, but others, whether professional guard dogs or not, will bark aggressively and make like they’re going to jump over the fence. And indeed, since humans domesticated dogs all those thousands of years ago, there have been working dogs.
Canine tasks have included guarding people and places, helping with hunting, catching vermin, and dragging sleds. In more recent times, they’ve taken on jobs like sniffing for contraband, guiding the blind, and even serving as therapy dogs. Nowadays, most dogs are pets, and this gives them a chance to get in touch with their naturally friendly inclinations, greeting people warmly with their tails wagging and maybe even a goofy smile on their faces.
The two dogs you’ll see in the video we’ve posted below are very much the friendly sort. In fact, the smaller of the two is downright polite and neighborly. When someone says “hello,” he barks back in an absurdly funny little voice, and it sounds like he’s also saying, “Hello!”
You’ll have to hear it for yourself, but it really does sound like the dog has somehow mastered saying the word. It’s always funny when dogs do something human. That’s why people dress them up in amusing outfits or goofy hats. And whether they admit it or not, who doesn’t love a painting of dogs playing poker?