Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us

Ludwika Włodek
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They really are a lot like us. They’re just as capable of deceit as we are.

My younger child once made a list of everyone he knows. As well as our family members and his classmates, our dog Zenuś was on the list too, as were Nikuś – “Danusia’s dog”, “Granny’s cats” and “Duńka’s cats”.

Unfortunately, adults aren’t always quite so sure of this communal world of people and animals. “Of course we communicate with animals,” a journalist recently agreed on the radio. “We recognize certain emotions in the

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