I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. The human puppy visited again today.
Stella: Oh, all right. Lady Human insists that humans do not have puppies, so I will humor her. The little human visited again today. Humans do not grow as fast as dogs which means that the human baby is still very small compared to a grown human. They don’t speak as clearly as grown humans either.
Me: And this baby does not understand bulldogs or their language yet. She thinks you all are just very loud.
Stella: Do we scare her? Are our faces too ugly for her?
Me: You are the largest dogs she has ever seen. I don’t think you scare her as much as you concern her. And no, I don’t think she considers you ugly, just different. She is still very young.
Stella: How long did it take for her eyes to open?
Me: Humans are born with their eyes open.
Stella: No! Really? That’s cool. The only thing we have open those first days are our noses and our mouths.
Me: The most important items for a puppy, no doubt.
Stella: I heard the human puppy…sorry, I mean the baby. Humans are so picky about what they call things. Anyway, I stayed real quiet outside her door. She was making the most wonderful noises. They weren’t human words that I know, but they were beautiful. They sounded so…bulldoggy.
Me: They did?
Stella: Yes. Especially when she got to one sound that I love and recognize so well. It was when she said, “Pffft!” It made me so proud. She will make a great bulldog someday.
Me: Stella, we’ve talked about why that won’t happen.
Stella: I know. I know. Still, she can say “Pffft!” at such an early age. That’s my human baby!
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