Why, this must be the smartest dog in the universe.
Her husband decided to ask their 4-year-old dog another question, the square root of 25. Micah tapped his paw five times.
To prove this wasn’t a fluke, the couple and a friend tossed out more math than teachers during exam time. Micah consistently pawed the correct answers, appearing to solve such problems as square root division, finding the numerators and denominators of fractions, multiplying and dividing, even basic algebra.
“He can calculate problems given in English, Spanish, French and German,” Cindy Tuten said.
I know how the dog does it (pssst, here’s a hint: Clever Hans), but apparently the Tuten family does not, and they actually have a bizarrely elaborate explanation that involves, of course, Jesus.
Deeply connected by their faith and Christian beliefs, the Tutens began to pray.
“How many persons are in the God head?” Cindy Tuten asked.
Micah tapped three times.
“How many God’s are there?” The dog tapped once.
After the couple recovered from shock, they called their closest friends. “You’ve got to come over here and see this,” they said. One of those guests was Gigi Graham, daughter of the Rev. Billy Graham and the late Ruth Graham, of Montreat.
“I have no explanation,” Graham said of the dog’s abilities. “The first time we saw him, he performed a whole lot better than the second time. I thought it was a very interesting thing, and that his ‘parents’ were very sincere and wonderful people who want to use this dog for the Lord.”
Graham won’t venture a guess as to the dog’s gifts.
“I believe God can do whatever God wants,” she said. “God used strange things in Scripture so that doesn’t cause me to doubt. I guess I just have to know more.”
It is the belief of this family, that beyond math and games, Micah was put on this Earth to teach people Jesus is coming soon, the Tutens said.
Both professionals, they knew coming forward with this story would be dicey.
“I believe the Bible is true and it tells us how God used ravens to feed Elijah, a whale to save Jonah and a donkey to speak to Balaam,” Stan Tuten said. “Now that I see how God is using Micah, I’m all the more convinced he can use any creature to accomplish his purpose.”
Uh, right. The way god has chosen to reveal our imminent destiny is to give a dog who can understand French and calculate square roots to an ignorant Christian family in North Carolina. Yeah, that makes sense.
The worst part of the story: Stan Tuten is a math teacher, Cindy Tuten is a physician. How can such ignorance persist after all that education? Religion insulates them, I suppose.