13 Jan, 2023 @ 12:45
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Woman’s foster dog disobeyed her… until she started speaking in Spanish to it

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A woman thought her foster dog was not obeying her demands because it was disobedient, but it turns out the pooch only understood Spanish. 

Ariana Giampietro, 26, had been looking after pup Monty for about a week and couldn’t understand why he ignored her commands. 

The mixed-breed American pitbull terrier was otherwise well-behaved, but he wouldn’t ‘sit’ when she asked him to.

When she asked the shelter she fostered him from, she then discovered he had previously lived on a farm with a Spanish family, and only understood Spanish words.

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Ariana Giampietro loves fostering dogs.

Giampietro, an adoption case manager for children in care, from Gainesville, Florida in the United States then looked up the Spanish word for ‘down’ and ‘let’s go’ and when saying them aloud discovered how obedient monty could be. 

She is now teaching him English words so he can become bilingual before he moves in with his new english-speaking adoptive family. 

“I had had Monty for eight days and was really confused why he wasn’t responding to commands,” she said.

“I could tell he wanted to – he was listening to me, but it was like he didn’t know how.

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Monty previously lived on a farm with Spanish people.

“Once I found out about his background, and realised it was because he only knew Spanish, I was amazed.

“After I started speaking to him in Spanish, it was like he settled right in.”

Giampietro decided to start fostering Pitbulls after losing her own, Jack, at the age of seven to cancer in November last year.


Anthony Piovesan

Anthony joins the Olive Press from Australia, where he worked as a journalist for six years. He reported for country and suburban newspapers, before becoming a political correspondent for News Corp.

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