What's the Point? by Julie Hecht

What's the Point?

At two weddings darling ring bearers paraded down the aisle proudly holding the prized objects. They couldn't have been more than six.When they suddenly stopped-as six year olds tend to do-to look at something on the ground, guests leaned into the aisle and pointed toward the beaming faces ahead. Smiles filled the crowd as they continued on their way. At one wedding the ring bearer was a little boy and at the other, a dog.

If we've spent any time with companion dogs we aren't surprised when a dog stops to check out the ground. It also shouldn't surprise us that a dog might go where we point. Pointing is about social communication and it often feels like...