No - not me. I've always talked to them in a variety of different ways, tried to help them learn through some gesturing, played music and attracted them to sit nearby an seem to listen, and sung to them (silly songs that I think will let them know, or least create the impression, that I'm happy and all is well) - but no reading. It's nice to know someone does, though. They appreciate it when people use their voices to let them know someone is trying to engage them.
I used to read to my cat when I was single. My Persian loved it probably because he found the sound of my voice soothing not because he actually understood the words. When I got married I ceased this activity since I didn't want him to think I was more crazy than I already am! LOL
I don't, but my dog doesn't know that . I use voice recognition software to rough draft my transcription projects, as well as for a lot of my articles, and she loves to curl up in my lap and listen. Since I only have to glance back at the screen every now and then to make sure it's still copying down what I say I can often pet her and pay attention to her while I'm working, and she does really seem to enjoy the whole process. She watches like a hawk whenever I get near my headphones just to see if I'll happen to plug them in.
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