If you have ever wondered how to manipulate your human, here's a suggestion. Of course it works best on humans that are at least as old as mine is. Back in the 1970's, humans' popular music often was essential a story sung over a tune. Many of those songs will be stuck for hours in a human's brain if they are mentioned (Lucille, Thank God I'm A Country Boy, etc).
But there was this one song called Shannon by a human named Henry Gross. The song is about a human boy whose mother is sick, father is gone, and whose dog (Shannon) has floated out to sea.