I'm currently 'looking after' two cats. When they behave themselves I talk affectionately to them in Swedish, but when they're being a right pain in the ar$e (which is most of the time) I resort to colourful English - a bit like when I'm with my nieces, except it's the other way around! Hearing people speaking Finnish or Dutch to their animals always makes me laugh: as though they can understand those languages/accents! :?: Any other ex-pats who are losing it as well, or are you all Dr. Doolittles?