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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dogs and Their Emotions: A Surprising New Study!

I don't have a jealous bone in my body, do I Parental Unit? Fabulous photo of me by Rachel Lauren Photography

When some of you humans talk to dogs like babies, or ascribe human emotions like anger, jealousy or even vindictiveness to your four-legged companions, most of you might not have really believed what you were saying, thinking instead that you were really just "anthropomorphizing". But science is catching up to what you knew intuitively, even when you tried to talk yourselves out of it: Dogs (and other animals) have rich emotional lives.

Take a recent peer-reviewed, scientific study discussed in this CNN article, that confirmed dogs at least acted jealous when their owners petted and sweet-talked a stuffed dog. Among their displays of jealousy were barking, trying to get between the toy dog and their owner and even nipping at the offending pooch. These results mirrored those conducted with 6 month old human babies who displayed signs of jealousy when their mothers gave affection to human dolls. What might this mean?
"These results lend support to the hypothesis that jealousy has some 'primordial' form that exists in human infants and in at least one other social species besides humans," the study said.

Say what you will about those other silly canines, but I can tell the difference between a stuffed animal and a real one...although Parental Unit claims I once barked at a statue of a dog. Just for the record, I have no recall of that scenario. 

Let us know what you think—do the conclusions of this study surprise you?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Goat and Burro Share A Friendship To Warm Your Heart

Most of us who live with and observe animals know intuitively how deeply they feel...for us and for one another. This video will still surprise you, though, because it demonstrates the depth of those feelings between an unlikely barnyard pair: a goat and burro. Hope this brightens your Saturday!

 Stay tuned tomorrow for the science behind the emotions of dogs—yes,your favorite pooch is really jealous!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pet 360 Inforgraphic Details Pet Summer Safety Tips

Our friends at Pet360 have culled the top pet summer safety tips and created a clever info graphic—perfect for posting on your fridge. That way, all family members are on the same page about caring for your furry best friends. We think it's a great idea!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

The good folks at BlogPaws are continuing to celebrate and promote Pet Safety Month throughout July—check out this excellent post on pet swimming pool  safety!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch, I can assure you I don't get near a swimming pool. In fact, I even jump over water puddles on my walks...and don't even get me started with baths!

This is the closest I want to come to water...notice all four of my paws are planted on terra firma.

Now off to join the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop and meet some new buddies!

Monday, July 21, 2014

To Catch A Feline Thief

Parental Unit has a new name for me: Thief! Does this look like the face of a robber baron to you?         Meow!

I don't know why she's suddenly upset about my stealing because I've been in the robbery business for years now. I've whisked away countless numbers of Parental Unit's shiny, often round objects (translation: jewelry and semi-expensive decorative possessions) and hidden them throughout the house. Believe me, she has no idea where my hiding places are, and I intend to keep it that way.

Take this example: Last week, Parental Unit was on a conference call and took off one of her new earrings so it wouldn't accidentally disconnect the call. It just so happens that her good friend had given her these earrings for her birthday, and she just loved them. After she finished the call, she looked for her earring that she had placed on the desk. Well, now she only has one earring to love...

Note complete earring on left and one piece of the other earring on the right. Parental Unit found the piece on the right on the stairs. Drat! Must have dropped in transport! Note to self: Be more careful carrying delicate objects next time...

"It's like it disappeared into thin air," she exclaims aloud every so often while sadly nodding her head. I feel safe in asking you cat owners if you have any idea where my hiding places could be, because I know you'll never guess. But go ahead, give Parental Unit some ideas so she can continue to search every inch of the house with her trusty flashlight. HeHeHe...
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