Beetle Bailey Got It Wrong!
Beetle Bailey is an old school comic strip and it shows! This strip may illicit a cynical laugh, but we know better. It’s humor is predicated on outdated notions about dog intelligence. “Dumb dog” is an uninformed invective. As pointed out in this blog, in The Heart of Your Dog, and elsewhere, dogs are surprisingly intelligent and perceptive animals. Now, the science is catching up with what dog lovers have always known. Dog brains may be wired differently, but that doesn’t mean they are dumb. What it does mean is that, if you take the time to connect and communicate in terms it can understand, you will gain amazing insights to its heart and mind of your dog. Now we just need the hearts and minds of people like the creators of Beetle Bailey to catch up with the rest of us!