Skip to comments.What Your Pet is Thinking
Posted on 10/28/2006 2:29:38 PM PDT by shrinkermd
From the day they brought her home, the D'Avellas' black-and-white mutt loathed ringing phones. At the first trill, Jay Dee would bolt from the room and howl until someone picked up. But within a few weeks, the D'Avellas began missing calls: When the phone rang, their friends later told them, someone would pick up and then the line would go dead.
One evening, Aida D'Avella solved the mystery. Sitting in the family room of her Newark, N.J., home, Ms. D'Avella got up as the phone rang, but the dog beat her to it. Jay Dee ran straight to the ringing phone, lifted the receiver off the hook in her jaws, replaced it and returned contentedly to her spot on the rug
...Ethologists, the scientists who study animal behavior, have amassed thousands of studies showing that animals can count, understand cause and effect, form abstractions, solve problems, use tools and even deceive. But lately scientists have gone a step further: Researchers around the world are providing tantalizing evidence that animals not only learn and remember but that they may also have consciousness -- in other words, they may be capable of thinking about their thoughts and knowing that they know.
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But donkeys don't think do they?
The reactions of animals are fascinating.
Bacon, bacon, bacon......bacon, bacon, bacon......bacon, bacon....gotta pee gotta pee, gotta pee....what's that smell?, ooh, whats THAT smell? Gotta dump, Gotta dump, gotta dump...what's that noise? bark bark.....what's that smell?.....get the picture?
consciousness -- in other words, they may be capable of thinking about their thoughts and knowing that they know.
Something that can't be said for liberals, they only have feelings.
The guy who mows our lawn had to sell his farm and start a landscaping service. He says that when he had the farm he knew all his milk cows by name.
Once he visited the farm he sold them to. He spotted one of his cows, went up to her and called her by name.
He says they both stood their crying.
Mr. Baybuh barked at prime numbers and was bent on solving Pi.
"Thinking about their thoughts?" No, I don't think so.
"But donkeys don't think do they?"
Chesterton thought they did. Fr. Neuhaus just quoted one of his series of animal poems in First Things this past week.
It's a great poem:
by: G.K. Chesterton
WHEN fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born;
With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil's walking parody
On all four-footed things.
The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.
Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.
Very useful dog. He also ate the kid's homework.
Thanks for the pug-ping
This kind of thinking is exactly why I have the "2 cat" rule when it comes to dating women. Any woman who has 2 or more cats is thinking way too much about what their cats are thinking.
Dogs are damn smart - some breeds more than others, but all can and do learn our "ways" and play them for all they are worth! lol
yes--and i really believe this about our two border collie mixes... gosh, those doggies are smart... and even manipulative... they amaze us all the time... they think they're people...
It's jackasses that don't think, but then they display contradictory traits. For instance, although they don't think, they are self aware, but ONLY self aware, they NEVER think of others. Yet, when it comes to work or taxes they ONLY think of others, after all they will be responsible for neither.
They've gotten more than just a few of Clan Lurkers hard earned cash.
Thats funny our dog answers the phone too..
We found out when several people told us they called and the dog answered
Well, my late cat was always setting himself on a newspaper in the proper direction to the page - never sideways and never upside down. From which it is obvious that he was literate, in no fewer than three languages, to boot. What he could find in these nespapers, though, remains a mystery.
There are some mules I would trust to vote before quite a few Democrats.
Mules are smart. They will not carry a load that is too heavy. They will not work when they are too tired, nor drink water that is too cold, nor eat too much food.
On the other hand, they will jump outside their stall, eat the grass there, then jump back inside, and do it when they can't see where they are landing.
nespapers = newspapers
Nonetheless, the fact that he bought into the MSM's propaganda is real cause to question his intelligence...
It matters if the pug spoons with you.
Pugsley occasionally decides he's not a pug but rather that he's a hat. This usually occurs sometime around 5:30 am and coincides with his peak snoring time.
It's rather like having a 30 pound low volume chainsaw installed in ones occipital bone.
Well, he was only a cat, after all. Even many so-called humans fall for it.
I don't see why it's considered a trouble.
Can you possibly stretch something out to be political, any further?
This is my dog thinking"OH MY GOD! PEE!!!!!"
My own mutt, reportedly a poodle/daschund, could figure out fairly complicated problems. I could tell her to get the ball and bring it to me. I could also tell her to get the ball and take it to someone else with a name that she was familiar with and one of perhaps a dozen such names. She could follow those instructions. I watched her check out a sandwich that my boy had left on a chair in the kitchen. She checked all the approaches-3 doorways, then went around and apparently checked where everyone was then ran in one doorway, snatched the sandwich, and exited another doorway. She met my son who was arriving on his bicycle and he said she stopped and looked at him for a second, looked around, then dropped the sandwich at his feet and begged.One time she was excavating a tunnel under our back fence. When she was allowed out to play with the children in the front she went to the spot where she had been digging and began digging toward her excavation from the other side of the fence.
#7 I believe it. Animals know kindness and love.
It's been said that people give off a scent that animals can use to help judge the person and their intentions. Their senses are typically keener than those of a human.
I don't have a problem with liberals, everyone should have one, in a cage, where it can't hurt anyone.
LOL. Every dog I've ever had thought he/she was a "four leg people". They are amazing animals.
This will make it harder to waterboard my dogs
LOL. I don't know how you did that, but it's a hoot.
My daughter had a cocker spaniel who was mean, but certainly smart. She had gotten him a rubber cheeseburger squeaky toy. One evening around suppertime, Beau was nosing his supper dish around on the kitchen floor and nobody was responding. He went to the other end of the house, got the "cheesebugga", brought it to the kitchen and dumped it in his dish. We got the message, all right.
But what good are they? They're dumber than a box of rocks. You can't even teach them to do tricks. And if you bring them out at parties, they'll just embarass you by humping on your date's leg...or worse.
If my cats didn't like the ringing phone, they would call the phone company and have the number changed.
THAT'S the difference between cats and dogs.
Me neither, I don't usually tackle flocking spectacles.
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