Argos and His Master by Italo Svevo
Approx. 9,370 words.
Published on August 28, 2012 by
"Life is this way: first you have to beg for things and then you have to growl to keep them." Argos's master has been sent to the mountains for his health. Bored, he resolves to teach his hunting dog to talk. The experiment fails, but he himself--the more advanced animal--manages to learn Argos's language.