|You know, I think dogs probably know more words than 200, too. They can understand concepts like, "I'll be back in a little bit." They'll stay resting in their beds for awhile before hunting me down around the house. I try to "really" come back quickly, to keep the faith!
And my dogs "favorite" word is "outside"!! :)
Smart little guys!! And yes, tone of voice means everything. My daughter does that for fun sometimes, saying not so complimentary things in a sweet tone of voice! :)
My sister had adopted several pits or other sort of large breeds that need homes, ie. a large dog with only a couple of years left at best. She "loves" those bigger breed dogs and has the best of luck with them being sweethearts.
Personally, I don't have the energy to keep up with them! Getting old...
Love your views on raising pets!