First-Mim-I can't post on your blog-but I wanted to give you a hug......((((((Hugs))))))
Ok-I hesitate to post Oliver stories because some of them are a little far fetched. We've been working on questions lately-what does kitty say, what does pirate say=and he knows a question requires a certain answer-he has the concept. So now I ask him random questions just to see what he'll say.
Today he's been singing his version of the cops theme-it used to be bad dogs bad dogs what you gonna do-but then a few weeks ago he changed it to bad bird bad bird and he thinks this is very funny. He totally gets humor.
So, anyway, today he was singing and singing and suddenly I asked him-Ok, Mister Bird, WHAT do you think THEY will say when they come for you? He thought about it for a minute-he knows about what-say and he knew it related to the song....then he laughed and said "Say-WANT SOME POPCORN? and then he laughed and laughed and laughed (and so did I).
For the rest of the night he'd sing his bad bird song, the go "say want some POPCORN" and just crack up laughing. He's smarter than most people.
He also gets context. Molly was in and did a good job with her training and when she was walking out he said "Oh, good job Molly" (which is amazing because until recently he taunted her). Then she got into trouble later on and he said "BAD DOG MOLLY-Molly is BAD BAD" Now I realize some of that is him repeating what I"ve said, but he clearly understand the difference between a good dog and a bad dog-and this is new for him. In the past he was always rude to Molly.
Same hold true with Moon and Solo-when they are quiet or doing proper behavoirs, he'll tell them they are good. When they are barking or being naughty, he scolds them.