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Old 07-31-2017, 10:33 PM   #1
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Very interesting article that takes a fresh look at dogs' emotions:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2.../#631316283918
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Old 08-01-2017, 10:44 AM   #2
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Very interesting. Annie is very sensitive and responsive to our emotions and expressive of her own emotions. Dunny not as much...wonder if that's a "male thing"?
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I suppose becaue I am so old and have been around dogs my entire 72 year--well, 71 years, not in Australia, but cam to join Daddy after war and he had bird dogs' on the farm. and owned dogs for 61 years, I have been a firm believer in dogs having emotions, real emotions.

The only breeds I have ever owned are English Setters, Irish Setters, Golden Retrievers and Great Pyrenees. When as a child or even an upset teen, I would sit and cry, one or more of our/my dogs would come up wagging tail held kinda down and start licking my face. That dog/dogs knew I was upset or hurt and wanted to cheer me up.

Jerry was a cross country trucker for 42 years, gone anywhere form a week to 2 1/2 weeks, a month when his run including going to Alaska. When he was home he always walked our older golden , Buck, and Buck napped by Jerry's reclincer, slept on his side of the bed, etc. Even tho I walked Buck when Jerry was gone, which mean he took a lot more walks with me than with Jerry, he was crazy about Jerry. Jerry would call me from the terminal over in Corpus when he was leaving to come home, about 20 minutes or little more, I would tell Buck "Daddy is coming home". Buck was all but dancing. He would hardly take his eyes off that front dog. It was clear to me that he truly loved Jerry--oh, I also did ALL the feeding, so it was food, and since I walked him 9-10 times more a month that Jerry, it was not for the walks. He just loved Jerry and was happy his "dad" was coming home.

KayCee and Hunter (goldens) were litter mates. They both slept in the bed with me/us when Jerry was home. They both would be on the sofa with me while I watched TV, hunter up ON MY HEAD and Kase at my feet. They would share the same food dish, etc. Well, ProHeart6 killed Hunter at 4 years 2 months and KayCee went into a "funk" so to speak. Instead of being on the sofa, she was laying under the dining table. She picked at her food. We had adopted a young, fully grown golden girl in Dec. before Hunter was killed in Oct and Honey was so full of lie. She would lay down with Kase and bark and try to get her to outside, etc. She pestered her until after about 3 weeks, Kase was acting her old self.

Then when cancer took KayCee almost 5 years later, Honey was much the same was Kase had been. She no longer went out to nap on the patio as she and KayCee had done, she wouldn't go out to the back fence to "tlak" with the dogs behind us, in fact, would only go out to do her business. This lasted more than a month, probably 2. To me it was clear she was grieving for Kase as Kase had grieved for Hunter.

Back in '78 I took in a lost Irish Setter, never could locate his owner (no tags, no missing poster, no ads in paper) and he was on me like Velcro the entire 8 years I Had him. Jerry called him Sandra's Shadow becaue he was always a step behind e. Well, in '80 I had a miscarriage and almost bed to death before the doctor could be me one block to the hospital. Was in the hospital a couple fo days, and then home. But a week later, running fever, sick--infection. Back in the hospital for 5 days this times. Home a few days, back in for a week. That time surgery was done gain and the infection cleared (the entire deal according to my doctor was the wreck I had had where I hit the steering wheel so hard and did damanged that had not been detected--this 10 years earlier)

Red would not eat while I was in hospital. It was arranged for Jerry to just work local, so he was home with the boys (and me when I was there). Our next door neighbor said she had never felt so sorry for a dog in her life. When the boys were in school and Jerry was at work, he sat at the window and howled "the most pitiful howl she had ever heard". Many days I would be out shopping with my mom for hours and never a peep from her, Mrs. Glass aid. But when I was in the hospital it was like he was "crying his soul and heart out". Jerry would call me in hospital and hold the phone to Red's ear and I would talk to him, but didn't' do much good. He would eat a few bites and some days none. By the time I was home for good he had gotten so thin.

So yes, I believe dogs hae a large range of emotions--love, grief, dislike, fear, just like we do.
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There was not a dog crematorium in the area when Hunter died, so we buried in the back yard under the sycamore tree he had chased so many squirrels up--never learned the art of stalking. My son and brother, who arrived from East Texas as I was digging Hunter's grave-- dug it for me, 6 feet deep. Son, who is 6'2 had trouble getting out. I put sevin dust all down inside. the grave. They went and pick Hunter up for me and he was in plastic. I put the dust all over it and we buried him. Of course Kay, Buck and Honey noticed the dirt where grass had been, but Kase was the most interested int. I had to have picked up his scent becaue until the day she died, she often went out and laid on that spot, even after long, long covered with grass. Twice I took pictures of laying there. This are them

One other story. My Irish Setter (2ed one) was 9 when our our son decided to get a golden retriever to train as a duck dog. Boots had always been an only dog and I was not sure how he would take to having a puppy bug him. But he adored that puppy, played with him, they slept curled up together, etc. That 90 pound Irish would let that 15 pound puppy "win" about half the time when they played tug of war, they wrestled, etc. Was so much fun watching them together.

Well, we lost Boots at age 12 1/2 on July 9, 1997 to bone cancer in his knee. He had so loved the water, love to get after crabs, chase shore birds, swim, tht we decided to bury him out near our duck blind. You park on an old over grown deserted road--much of it now gone, and then walk about 150 yards down to the water of the "lagoon" or whatever you call it. You walk only a few yards and cross a rail road track (that is still used) and then on across the field that is grown up in most areas with bayberry. There is an old stump of a large tree there and Boots as buried by that stump.

Well, Scooter, the golden always jumped out of the truck and walked bestie us til we crossed the track and then went to the stump and peed on it.The first day of duck season that year, which was like Nov. 1, Scooter ran to the tree, circled it it sniffing, sopped at where Boots was buried, and then went and peed on a bush. He must have picked up Boots scent even after all those months--4 of them. And he NEVER peed on that stump again. All those year he had peed on it when we arrived, and peed on it as we were leaving. Ever after Boot's death, he would goto the stump and sniff around, coming and going, but never peed on it again. I thinkhe knew his old friend was there, even after the scent had to be gone.

For some reason the pictures are not showing. Sorry.
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