Sage started imitating dogs pretty early, thanks to our dog Chelle. She also had a tendency to call every dog a Chelle, although lately she has been calling them dogs (pronounced more like dohg) after repeated gentle correction from us.
If you ask her what a dog says — or if she hears a dog do it first — she will woof. She warms up, leaning back a little bit and taking a big breath, and then her whole torso rocks as she says, “uhOOF!”
Today, I took her for a walk around the neighborhood. One of our neighbors was walking her bulldog, who was panting hard in the (relative) heat. Sage noticed it and pointed, saying “Oooooh! A dohg! Hi! Hiiiiii!”
The neighbor slowed down and smiled, and said, “She is so cute.”
Sage looked at the dog and said, “Hi! Hi! Hiiiiii dohg.”
Hoping to show off like any other too-excited-about-his-own-kid dad, I said, “Sage, what does a doggie say?”
She looked at the dog and then furrowed her brow, staring hard at it. I expected her to warm up and woof.
She suddenly smiled, opened her mouth wide and stuck her tongue out, and went, “Hehha hehha hehha hehha!”
It took me a moment to realize… she was panting, just like the bulldog.
Telling me exactly what that dohg said.
I love being a dad!!!