When the dog was very old, he liked to lie outside in the sun and sleep. When it was too cold outside, he would find a room where the sun illuminated an area of the floor and sink down there. When the man was home, sometimes he would lie on the floor next to the dog and talk softly to him. The man had heard that dogs could only understand a few repetitive words, but that they loved to hear their master talk to them. So the man told stories, spoke of recent sporting events or days long past. When the old dog heard two names, he would get excited and seem to smile.