Martha gets her ability to speak when her owner Helen feeds her alphabet soup, which makes its way to her brain rather than her stomach. The PBS show about the curious canine with a lot to say was based on a children's book by Susan Meddaugh, whose own dog was named Martha. Each episode focuses on language and vocabulary but that isn't all. According to the show's opening title song, the lovable mutt (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain) also "communicates, enumerates, elucidates, exaggerates, indicates, and explicates, bloviates and overstates and (pant, pant, pant) hyperventilates!"
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