Made some more headway in the Trotsky biography. Robert Service is starting to get really annoying with his psycho-analysis. Apparently one of Trotsky's little boys got a dog and gave it a toothbrush and a handkerchief. He also asked his parents why a dog could not speak like a human being. Mr. Service interprets this episode as a little boy who is abandoned by his parents who are too busy with revolutionary activities to pay attention to him, and so he invents a 'person' to play with, i.e. the dog.
Or, maybe the kid just has a good imagination, you moron! You should see the kind of stuff my kids make up. It's called 'make believe' you dummy.