Do you have a dog? How many words does he/she understand?
An Austrian Border Collie named Betsy, believed to be one of the world’s most intelligent dogs, understands this many human words:340
According to a recent National Geographic report, Betsy’s comprehension of human words rivals that of non-human primates, in terms of intelligence and logic. This brainy collie just needs to hear a word twice before figuring out that it is a command or instruction. Researchers who have studied Betsy believe that, in addition to her unique skills, Border Collies in general may better understand human vocalizations, since this herding breed historically had to pay close attention to spoken instructions.
This painting was done from a photograph in the national geographic. We had a bundle of old magazines dropped into work, and when I saw this lovely dog in the photo I decided to give it a go. The photo was taken by Vince Musi, here is a link I found about the photographer and the wonderful intelligent Betsy.
The painting is 33cmX49cm ( cut down single watercolour paper, arches) it is watercolour, sennelier soft pastel and conte pastel pencil.