My dog is bilingual

Sometimes when Suegra is watching her shows, the niños come into the living room and start being noisy and boisterous. I’m not sure why they do this to her. They don’t dare do it to their father, (beware the chancla!), and they don’t do it to me because I don’t really watch T.V. all that much.

Anyway, this is a regular event and Suegra always issues the same empty threats, “Go on, get out of here or I’ll never give you another piece of candy! Niños, callense! I can’t hear! … Cipotes malcriados, quitase de allí, no puedo ver!”

When I’m in a good mood, I’ll tell the kids to go play elsewhere but if Suegra has been naughty, I let her handle it herself.

Well, the other day Suegra was watching a telenovela in the afternoon. The kids were at school so she thought she could relax and enjoy, until the dog came nosing around and bothering her.

“Vayase!” she said, flicking her hand at the dog.

Now you should know, for years, the dog has ignored Suegra’s commands just as much as the children – I’ve always told her it’s because the dog doesn’t speak Spanish. Well, to our amazement, this time the dog immediately retreated to the other side of the room and laid down.

Suegra looked at me with a satisfied grin on her face. “Mira,” she said, “La perra entiende mejor que los niños.”

Translation: The dog understands better than the kids.


  1. I have a feeling the noise is less related to the children than it is her tolerance. Seems to me as people get older they become less tolerant of kids and notice the kid noises more.

    She’d keel over if she lived with my dog. If he doesn’t want to move, he snarls and growls at people when they try to make him. Want me to send him to you? :)

    • LOL – That dog sounds useful ;)

      As for her being intolerant – that’s probably part of it. She doesn’t hear as well, I guess… But honestly, the kids can be pretty rambunctious and they make a game out of annoying her on purpose. LOL.

  2. You have a great way of telling stories! I can totally picture the whole thing and I don’t even know you. But that is funny…about letting suegra handle it herself if she’s gotten on your nerves. (I do the same thing to my husband sometimes. oops!)

    • Thanks! … I also allow my husband the pleasure of dealing with the children when he has misbehaved ;) This is a particularly good lesson for those days when you feel unappreciated. Suddenly, they realize that raising the children is deserving of a bit more gratitude and admiration :)

    • I had a friend growing up who had a German Shepherd, (named “Blitz”) who was raised by her uncle and understood only German. They inherited the dog somehow and everyone in the family had to learn the words, “Sit”, “Lay down”, “Come”, etc. in German. The dog was very obedient and obeyed the commands immediately but if you tried it in English, he completely ignored you.

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