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What Your Pet is Thinking
Wall Street Journal ^ | 27 October 2006 | SHARON BEGLEY

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: doggieping; eat; kittyping; napl; pee; pets; poo; sleep; think
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"...The trouble is that all sorts of animals -- from those in the African bush to those in your living room -- keep acting as if they truly do have emotions remarkably like humans'. Last month, Ya Ya, a panda in a Chinese zoo, accidentally crushed her newborn to death. She seemed inconsolable -- wailing and frantically searching for the tiny body. The keeper said that when he called her name, she just looked up at him with tear-filled eyes before lowering her head again. The conventional view is that these were instinctive, reflexive reactions, and that Ya Ya didn't know she was sad. As the evidence for animal consciousness piles up, that view becomes harder to support.
1 posted on 10/28/2006 2:29:39 PM PDT by shrinkermd
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To: shrinkermd

But donkeys don't think do they?


2 posted on 10/28/2006 2:31:18 PM PDT by mathprof
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To: shrinkermd

The reactions of animals are fascinating.


3 posted on 10/28/2006 2:32:56 PM PDT by TBP
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To: mathprof

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?


4 posted on 10/28/2006 2:33:49 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: mathprof; K4Harty
I don't know about donkeys, but I know what my pug is thinking.

L

5 posted on 10/28/2006 2:34:41 PM PDT by Lurker (A liberal thinks they can sleep in, and someone will cover their lame ass.)
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To: shrinkermd

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.


6 posted on 10/28/2006 2:35:27 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: shrinkermd

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.


7 posted on 10/28/2006 2:36:30 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: mathprof

Mr. Baybuh barked at prime numbers and was bent on solving Pi.


8 posted on 10/28/2006 2:36:41 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: shrinkermd
Why am I not buying into "The Dog hung-up on you Not me" story?
9 posted on 10/28/2006 2:37:34 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts
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To: shrinkermd

"Thinking about their thoughts?" No, I don't think so.


10 posted on 10/28/2006 2:38:53 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: mathprof

"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:

THE DONKEY

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.


11 posted on 10/28/2006 2:40:03 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: divine_moment_of_facts

Very useful dog. He also ate the kid's homework.


12 posted on 10/28/2006 2:40:34 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Lurker
I love that website, and that pic. Also, tagline bump.

Thanks for the pug-ping

13 posted on 10/28/2006 2:40:59 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If a pug barks and no one is around to hear it... they hold a grudge for a long time!)
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To: shrinkermd

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.


14 posted on 10/28/2006 2:41:30 PM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: shrinkermd

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


15 posted on 10/28/2006 2:41:41 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: TBP

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...


16 posted on 10/28/2006 2:42:52 PM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: mathprof
But donkeys don't think do they?

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.

17 posted on 10/28/2006 2:43:41 PM PDT by Navy Patriot
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To: K4Harty
You're the one who first made me aware of that website. For that I am in your debt.

They've gotten more than just a few of Clan Lurkers hard earned cash.

L

18 posted on 10/28/2006 2:44:55 PM PDT by Lurker (A liberal thinks they can sleep in, and someone will cover their lame ass.)
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To: shrinkermd

Thats funny our dog answers the phone too..

We found out when several people told us they called and the dog answered


19 posted on 10/28/2006 2:47:21 PM PDT by vigilante2 (Thank You Veterans)
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To: Lurker
LOL! glad to point you in that direction. My wife wants to get me the pillow that says I spoon with my pug, but I vetoed that vote.
20 posted on 10/28/2006 2:47:30 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If a pug barks and no one is around to hear it... they hold a grudge for a long time!)
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To: shrinkermd

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.


21 posted on 10/28/2006 2:48:15 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: mathprof

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.


22 posted on 10/28/2006 2:49:29 PM PDT by donmeaker (If the sky don't say "Surrender Dorothy!" then my ex wife is out of town.)
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To: GSlob

nespapers = newspapers


23 posted on 10/28/2006 2:52:35 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: GSlob
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.

Nonetheless, the fact that he bought into the MSM's propaganda is real cause to question his intelligence...

24 posted on 10/28/2006 2:55:53 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: K4Harty
It matters not if you spoon with the pug.

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.

L

25 posted on 10/28/2006 2:59:27 PM PDT by Lurker (A liberal thinks they can sleep in, and someone will cover their lame ass.)
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To: NittanyLion

Well, he was only a cat, after all. Even many so-called humans fall for it.


26 posted on 10/28/2006 3:00:16 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: shrinkermd

I don't see why it's considered a trouble.


27 posted on 10/28/2006 3:00:47 PM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: tet68

Can you possibly stretch something out to be political, any further?


28 posted on 10/28/2006 3:02:17 PM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: shrinkermd

This is my dog thinking"OH MY GOD! PEE!!!!!"

29 posted on 10/28/2006 3:08:53 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (You can do that, and be a whack-job pedophile on meth.)
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To: shrinkermd

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.


30 posted on 10/28/2006 3:13:42 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: shrinkermd
I'm beginning to think animals like that Panda are smarter than humans. Humans arrange the murder of their r babies and feel no remorse and advocate others to do that. Through an accident the panda mourns her deceased baby.
31 posted on 10/28/2006 3:23:46 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: mathprof
Yeah, they think ... but their STUBBORN and BREY all the time - a fitting symbol for the Demoncrats.
32 posted on 10/28/2006 3:24:36 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: Cicero

#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.


33 posted on 10/28/2006 3:26:00 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: shrinkermd

Pretty conclusive.

34 posted on 10/28/2006 3:31:38 PM PDT by Grut
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To: stuartcr

I don't have a problem with liberals, everyone should have one, in a cage, where it can't hurt anyone.


35 posted on 10/28/2006 4:14:59 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: shrinkermd; HairOfTheDog; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; ..



36 posted on 10/28/2006 4:43:57 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Natalie Maines fears me...)
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To: Slings and Arrows
You want me to do what? Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
37 posted on 10/28/2006 4:51:10 PM PDT by Hazcat (Live to party, work to afford it.)
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To: shrinkermd; Slings and Arrows
solve problems, use tools


38 posted on 10/28/2006 5:01:00 PM PDT by andyandval
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To: Gaffer; shrinkermd

39 posted on 10/28/2006 5:01:53 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: latina4dubya; HairOfTheDog; Slings and Arrows; All
....they think they're people...

LOL. Every dog I've ever had thought he/she was a "four leg people". They are amazing animals.

40 posted on 10/28/2006 5:03:03 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: shrinkermd; sinkspur; 88keys; DugwayDuke; sissyjane; Severa; the OlLine Rebel; naturalman1975; ...
Ping!


Other articles with keyword "DOGGIEPING" since 12/29/04

41 posted on 10/28/2006 5:05:43 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: TBP
Just say the word BATH in Nitro's presence......
42 posted on 10/28/2006 5:06:47 PM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent for the coming of the Lord is nigh!)
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Shows you how rearded experts are.
Most of us knew that when we were fledglings!


43 posted on 10/28/2006 5:10:13 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid)
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To: shrinkermd

This will make it harder to waterboard my dogs


44 posted on 10/28/2006 5:11:03 PM PDT by woofie (If not this war then which one?)
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To: shrinkermd

45 posted on 10/28/2006 5:14:16 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid)
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To: Lady Jag

LOL. I don't know how you did that, but it's a hoot.


46 posted on 10/28/2006 5:14:45 PM PDT by Bahbah (Shalit, Goldwasser and Regev, we are praying for you)
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To: ThanhPhero

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.


47 posted on 10/28/2006 5:18:04 PM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: tet68
"I don't have a problem with liberals, everyone should have one, in a cage, where it can't hurt anyone."

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.

48 posted on 10/28/2006 5:20:58 PM PDT by sweetliberty (Stupidity should make you sterile!)
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To: shrinkermd
"the dog....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"

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.

49 posted on 10/28/2006 5:23:21 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Bahbah

Me neither, I don't usually tackle flocking spectacles.


50 posted on 10/28/2006 5:23:52 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid)
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