I wish there was a device that I could attach to Tino‘s collar and it would record all of his words. A lot of his barking is sharp and loud and it scrambles my brains, but when he’s not barking, he says all kinds of other interesting words. I know what he means with these funny little words, but it’s not necessarily easy to translate. He has a word that means, “I’m ready to go now,” but the way he says it also conveys his sweetness, and that he is glad to be with his pack. He mutters and groans. He sings a beautiful howling song almost every morning. If a strange dog approaches on the street near our house, he has a deep bark that clearly shows his concern. It really seems that Tino enjoys his life. Unlike all my other dogs, he has never had a bad day in his life. He has known me and the dogs from the moment he was born, and his words seem to have a lightness and joy to them, even when they express longing. The longest he’s ever been alone, apart from any of his dogs or humans, was twenty minutes waiting in the car. His job is challenging, but he enjoys the work. Something in the way he talks seems to reflect a love of life. I will try harder to capture recordings of some of his words.