Thursday, 17 July 2014

What do dogs think?


I would love to know what dogs think.

For a couple of hours now old Meg has been sat in the bedroom window, gazing silently out over the hills with sad eyes and with a slightly worried expression.

I went over and kissed her on the top of her head, and she "smiled" at me briefly before returning to her quiet vigil .

I think it's going to be a hot day

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  1. Perhaps she's wondering if she'll be wandering those hills with you again soon.

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  2. I miss my dog.

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  3. Tess likewise. She sits on the stairs and gazes out of the landing window. If I go up she moves to one side to letme past, without being asked. I kiss her on the top of herhead and sometimes she licks my nose end. As to what she is thinking - very little I think - just enjoying the sunshine. Although sometimes when she lays asleep in the evening she makes tiny barks and wags her tail furiously - catching rabbits we think.

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    1. Just for a moment , I would love to know what goes on in their heads

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  4. "The weather is nice, but it just can't last. If I sit and look for long enough, I will see the change arrive."

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  5. I often look at Dolly the Collie, and having known her since she was small enough to be carried off by a Buzzard, I think I have a pretty good idea what she thinks about everything.

    One part of her brain centres on food, another on balls or sticks - preferably thrown, then there is the thing which spoils everything - hot air balloons. She is terrified of them, and often sits at a window like that, looking out for tiny specks on the horizon which might be them.

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  6. I asked Charlie what he was thinking. I said to him, 'Who's a good boy then, Charlie! Go on, tell me what you are thinking!' and he said, 'Bow wow!'

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    1. Yes..the far side cartoon comes to mind tom
      http://pupster.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/dog-translator.jpg

      But I am sure some formulated thoughts are there in those little heads

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  7. daydreaming meg; ah, to be able to do so is a marvelous thing!

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  8. I have just witnessed this. Lady Magnon: Are you boys (the dogs) OK? Brief pause. Lady Magnon: Good! Doolittle is alive and well.

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  9. Its what the cat's thinking thats got me worried.

    http://zionstrumpet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/funny-dog-cat-diary.jpg

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  10. Nothing to do with the post, but as the saying goes - I saw this and thought of you.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/beonashow/zombie_apocalypse

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  11. She is thinking 'Aren't I lucky to live with such kind people and animal friends. I live in a beautiful, unspoilt village and I want this feeling to last forever'!!!

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  12. she's thinking about what to write on her latest blog post...

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    1. Perhaps she just wanted a cheap emotional romp

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  13. I definitely think that dogs think. You can tell sometimes that they're really being contemplative.

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  14. She's thinking " I wish he'd take me to Sainsburys and buy me a whole pack of pork luncheon meat so that I can eat the flippin lot ….. all to myself …. if only he would…. if only ….. if only ….. maybe one day " !!

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  15. She is thinking how well she has her humans trained

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  16. She's either thinking sadly of that far-off relative she hasn't seen for a very long time, or she's wondering if there are any interesting smells on that hill in the distance.

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  17. I think animals see a whole other dimension..our old cat used to sit and state at something just over my shoulder...I couldn't see anything but he sat like a statue just staring. On the other hand, maybe Meg is on badger watch.

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  18. "I wish I could catch that squirrel!"

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  19. She is thinking what all creatures think, "What's for dinner?"

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  20. Maybe she needs a bunny friend to share.

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    1. On reelection I think her eyesight is failing and she enjoys watching the moving shapes on the field

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  21. Meg is thinking how to get those badgers off her property so that she can protect and save her world from these bad creatures......that's all.

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  22. Meg is thinking "this is the life"

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  23. If I say to Alexi " Where's your ball"….I can see him thinking about it, looking round for it, and then fetching it …. Though giving it to me is a different matter ! Not got that one through to him yet. ( he is only just 1)

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  24. They see things we don't see ad hear things we don't hear. At times it feels positively spooky!!

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  25. Pets' thoughts are unfathomable though dogs do let it all out when they're happy, which gives me such a buzz to see. However it's equally obvious when they're frightened, the latter of which is horrible to witness, especially if they're cowering in the presence of their owner.
    Sounds like your Meg was having melancholic reflections, but who can say for sure, bless her.

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  26. I can't figure out what people are thinking most of the time, let alone dogs.

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  27. I like you kissing his head.x

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  28. She is thinking, "I wonder if that big lump that feeds me is really conscious, and if so I wonder what he thinks? Why does he feed me? Is he just some sort of a robot p[ut on earth to look after me?"

    That's what she's thinking.

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    1. I say, steady on MacLaren-Scott!!

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    2. As I have already said to John on my own place, that was the dog thinking, not me. Am I to be held responsible for what a dog thinks? And I too, am a much bigger lump than a dog. We are all lumps are we not? Oh... better say perhaps not lady Jan. Suppose it depends on the definition of lump, which I think is an aggregation of matter but... ah, I've already said too much, again.

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  29. I think she is just enjoying the moment. Watson has always done this but more so as he gets older.
    Dr. Watson sits outside on the grass and stares through the fence. And for most of a year a bunny would always sit on the other side of the fence, about 6 feet apart, and they would just sit "together" and enjoy the morning. It was so lovely. And then thehamish would come by barking like bouncing on all four feet at the same time and break the moment. Thank goodness that didn't happen a lot.
    Mostly the bunny or Watson would move and the spell would be broken and they would each just walk away.

    cheers, parsnip

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  30. She's simply enjoying the air,sun and scenery.

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    1. I think you have hit the bail on the head x

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  31. She might be hearing something that a human can't. Our cats have been known to get up from a sound sleep to watch out the window several minutes before my husband or I arrive home in our vehicles (so said our children, anyway). And we don't arrive the same time each day. It makes you wonder.

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  32. I bet she sees something that you can't spot. The boys often go to the front window to bark at something. I think they are just making it up as they go, but then I'll spot a cat or a person or a something and I know why they're concerned. They are the kings of the castle and the lords of all they survey.

    Love,
    Janie

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  33. Perhaps she's on badger watch.

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  34. I think she's enjoying the beautiful view and meditating on how blessed she is. For some reason this made me cry.

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  35. Made me well up too. My husband has just got back from France and when I asked if he had missed the dogs he said 'I don't think of them as dogs but as little people!! This from the man who didn't want dogs!

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  36. It IS fascinating... And sweet. Our cats do it, too, and not just when they're watching for birds.

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  37. These days we only share our lives with cats - and I am pretty certain I don't want to know what they are thinking. Particularly not Jazz.

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  38. Looking out for Chris to come home, the pack is not complete with him away. Speaking of which is he back yet? Your posts are becoming increasingly wistful in his absence. You're turning into Madelaine Bassett from Jeeves and Wooster and next thing it'll be all stars being God's daisy chain or some such nonsense! ;-)

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    1. Yes,, the cyclone returned this evening

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  39. Just enjoying being alone with her thoughts....?

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  40. Meg's just having some me time........luv the pic of her day dreaming.

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  41. John, I too would love to know what, and how, animals think.

    One of our cats (RIP) was a talker. She was so interested in anything, would follow me around house and garden. I'd make some observation (say, on blackfly on the Nasturtiums) and she'd freely proffer her opinion. Uncanny. We had the most ridiculous conversations. On anything. I am convinced Fleury was a very very very intelligent dog in a previous life. Only more vocal.

    U

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  42. Possibly thinking of all the dog chores she had to do that day.

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  43. Whenever our dogs get that far away look Jim always says that they are thinking about their old mums....

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  44. Maybe darling Meg is making memories. I've always thought that memories, particularly strong memories, are the most important things to have in life. Far better than wealth or health or dare I say it even family and friends. Because all of those wonderful things are wonderful because they make memories but the reality is you don't have to be rich or strong or blessed with a family or any those things. You can make memories in all sorts of ways no matter who or what you are. It's memories that get you through old age or tough times. So we all need to learn from Meg and make strong memories. Put away soap box. Xoxox

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  45. Miss my dog too Sue, my dog used to look at planes, helicopters and balloons in the sky and watch their passage and I always wondered what thoughts Harry lab had in those moments. Dogs are persons and I love em for it

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