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O.C. dog could be your tutor

April 10, 2008 | 11:57 am

In case you missed this one, a Mission Viejo woman's dog -- a 9-year-old cockapoo known as Cookie Einstein -- has become a celebrity of sorts for her apparent mathematical abilities, the O.C. Register's Niyaz Pirani reported over the weekend.

Owner Penny Miller discovered Cookie's hidden talent for solving math problems after seeing another dog paw responses to math questions on Animal Planet. Cookie barks her responses:

...She adds, subtracts, multiplies, divides and calculates square roots and simple algebra through barking. And Cookie can answer if the question's asked in either English or Spanish.

Cookie won't respond to anybody but Miller, and she won't bark unless there's a treat involved -– sliced turkey being one of her favorites. You might think that there are signals communicated between owner and pet; instead, Miller simply holds Cookie's mouth until she's ready to hear the answer. O.C. Register

Her abilities have even landed her a gig on Univision's Sabado Gigante. Skeptical? Judge for yourself:

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