If Dogs Could Talk was inspired by a real living parrot, named Orion. Orion is an African Grey Congo parrot. She has lived with the author since she was three months old. She was 17 years old during the last year of having her words documented. Some things will be offensive to people. When you're reading her words..please don't take anything personally. You are seeing a real look into a parrot's vocabulary. For scientific reasons...the exact words she said, were documented, chronologically, from current to past.The author, Jamie Skeie, created a children's book series about Orion also. It's called Orion the Star. She is featured in this book series as the superhero parrot, who flies from Orion's Belt, to save all creatures in distress. The first books in the series are called The Pink Dolphin and The Purple Purse Merman.Orion learns new sentences every day. This book was created to help other pet owners...know what their pets might be thinking! Animals are smarter than some people realize. After reading, If Dogs Could Talk, you'll feel closer to your loved ones. You'll know what your pets would say..if they could talk!Orion has learned how to speak, without being given treats. She has learned naturally. Just like if you were to move to another country...and pick up on the language, from living there. This book proves an African Grey's intelligence..is the same as their age, in comparison to a human's age, and intelligence. Orion, at 17 years old, demonstrates the same cognitive, and speaking abilities as humans, the same age. And, she's more intelligent than most teenagers!