A study at the University of Chicago confirms what most of us suspected. People who talk to their pets, are smarter than those who don't. If you want to know what's going on in your home, ask your pet.

My cat Apollo, knows and sees everything, that happens in our house. He has lived with us for 15 years, and he knows stuff. He knows what time, our kids would come in. He's knows not to sit near me when the Cowboys are losing. He knows what's for dinner.

My wife and I are empty nesters now, and I still want to be greeted when I come home. I make sure to speak to the cat and the dog. Apollo is the kind of cat, that he you speak to him, he will meow back. "Apollo, how was your day?" He'll respond with a meow that I can understand. Quiet meow? He's chill. Loud meow? Someone owes him dinner and best get to it.

Our dog Maggie, will listen intently, for keywords. "Need outside?" She either does and goes willing or she doesn't and hides. Our last Sheltie, Romo, never barked in the house. But he would listen, wag his tail, and make me feel like he understood.

The Chicago survey also said dogs understand more words than cats. Personally, I think my cat knows a lot of words. Sometimes, he's just not interested in them. Fine, I'll still talk to him. He know exactly what I'm saying.

I speak to my pets and I'll speak to yours, when I meet them. Over the years, I've spoken to dogs, cats, horses, sheep, cattle, elephants, and several giraffes. I was known to say "Hello" to my oldest son's beta fish. I never want animals to think I'm rude.

Do you talk to your pets? Let us know in the comment section below.