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Chaser, Pilley making national headlines

Famous border collie appear on ‘Fox & Friends,’ featured in People magazine

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Chaser and Dr. John Pilley

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Chaser, Wofford's famous border collie who knows more words than any other known animal, is once again getting national and international attention. Her owner and trainer, Dr. John W. Pilley, just published his book about her accomplishments, and now she is making national TV and magazine appearances.

People magazine’s current edition, which hit the newsstands Nov. 1, includes an article about Chaser and Pilley, professor emeritus of psychology at Wofford, and the new book, “Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

An op-ed by Pilley, “Descartes the Bogeyman – and the Dog Who’s Nailing His Coffin Shut,” was published Oct. 31 on the Huffington Post (

On Nov. 5, Chaser and Pilley’s daughter, Pilley Bianchi, appeared live on Fox News Network’s “Fox & Friends” morning program ( and online in The Show After the Show (

Other national publications, TV programs and radio shows have either done or plan interviews over the next few months with Pilley and Chaser.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, Upstate residents will get their chance to see Chaser in action in person as she and Pilley appear at the Chapman Cultural Center. The 2 p.m. event is being presented by Wofford College and Hub City Bookshop.

Pilley will give a talk about his dog-training techniques, and Chaser will demonstrate her mental prowess. There will be a book signing in the lobby after the dog training presentation.

During the past seven years, Pilley has taught Chaser the names of 1,022 toys, balls and other objects. According to “ScienceNew,” the dog is now grasping basic elements of grammar.

Since 2011, when Pilley and Wofford psychology professor Dr. Alliston Reid published their research involving Chaser, she and Pilley have been the subject of a “NOVA” documentary on public television, have appeared on “The Today Show,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “ABC World News Tonight,” and were the subject of an article in The New York Times. Articles appeared world-wide in more than 45 countries in numerous languages.

Tickets to the Nov. 23 event are $10 for adults and $5 for age 17 and under. To purchase tickets, call 542-ARTS or visit