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Published March 20 2011

Swift: Call of the meek and mild

My mother drew on an arsenal of voices to raise us.

There was the “Wait Till Your Father Gets Home” voice. Or the “Be Quiet, Father John Can Hear You,” stage-whisper. Or a personal favorite: “The Sweet-as-Pie Telephone Voice, Which Hopefully Masquerades That I was Just Screaming at the Kids.”

Likewise, I’ve noticed Irwin and I have developed our own voice-cabulary for dealing with our dogs. After all, even if your pooch doesn’t understand anything beyond “food” or “bath,” he is acutely attuned to our vocal expressions. Here are a few examples from our own dog house:


Readers can reach Forum reporter Tammy Swift at (701) 241-5525