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  1. Possibly. Probably. But I'm over tiptoeing around the stupid folks, just as I'm over being able to care much about what happens to the willfully unvaccinated. There comes a point where the sane people have to stop being held responsible for everything the nutters do or might do. And I've reached that point. As they say, I have no fs left to give.
  2. I probably shouldn't post this--it might be the final straw for you. But on another message board today someone is posting that she knows a baby who died because the mother got vaccinated, and the vaccine somehow tainted the mother's milk. Or something. She claims an autopsy was done and is implying--but not outright saying--that the coroner ruled that the vaccine was the cause of the baby's death. No source was cited, of course. Although one would think a death like that, complete with autopsy report, would have at least merited a story by a local newspaper or TV station, wouldn't you? Hmmm . . .
  3. Oh, absolutely. I'm fascinated by how very, very adept Hans must have been at reading humans.That type of intelligence is what I'd love to see studied more, instead of humans trying to find out if animals are intelligent in the same ways we are (although in fairness I guess research in one area would likely lead to other areas). And I doubt Hans was all that exceptional--I think all of our dogs (and maybe horses, too--I don't know that much about them) are reading us all the time and are exceptionally skilled at it. It's why it's so hard to NOT cue them. They are just that smart at reading every single little movement we make. I'd love to have some virtual reality type thing where I could get even a small inkling of what it's like to be a dog--to be able to smell and hear like one, etc. Just for a few minutes.
  4. See, this is maybe where a little knowledge is a bad thing. I know enough about dog behavior and the inadvertent signals humans can send them that I couldn't have any fun with the buttons, or take any results seriously. Because I'd always be doubting that I wasn't cueing the dog in a completely oblivious way, or even that the dog--in an effort to please, as most dogs want to do--would "tell" me things it thought I wanted it to say. That's why I'd rather leave these things to trained researchers, although I still take their results with a spoonful of salt because of how incredibly difficult I think it is to study these things. I do think it's quite easy to teach dogs lots of nouns. Any of us who has had a dog and given its toys names knows that. There are reports of dogs who have learned over 1000 nouns. And we know we can teach them lots of verbs (sit, stay, come, give, etc.). But that to me is totally different than a dog expressing abstract thoughts. Here's an interesting NYT article about Chaser, a dog who learned at least 1,022 nouns. It also touches (again) on the story of Clever Hans and how difficult it is to NOT inadvertently cue dogs.
  5. I've seen this type of behavior in other dogs, even one of my own. Our previous dogs were a beagle and a Brittany. Usually the beagle would sleep on an old chair we had in the bedroom (we kept it just for her) and the Brittany would sleep on a dog bed. But occasionally the beagle would decide she wanted the dog bed, so she'd come over and nudge me until I woke up a little and started petting her. The Brittany couldn't stand to miss out on any attention, so he'd get up to get his share of petting. And then the beagle would promptly go settle on the dog bed. She was a very smart dog, but thankfully she used her intelligence mostly in benign ways. 😉
  6. Since the pandemic started the imaging center has been providing DH with an appropriate mask for his CT scans. He wears his own into the building and they give him one for the scan.
  7. You mean the whole Bunny thing? See my response in this thread.
  8. A family member has used car transport services multiple times and has always been pleased.
  9. This thread shows how we all interpret things differently. Many (most) of the examples being given that are supposed to prove that dogs don't live only in the moment say the exact opposite to me. Memory or making associations is not in any way the same thing (to me) as living in the moment. Dog is sad when owner is away? Well yes. In that moment the dog is separated from the owner and he doesn't like it. Owner comes back and dog is joyously happy? Yes, of course. The owner is there *right then* and the dog is thrilled. Both are examples of living in the moment. Dog goes to the vet and shakes, supposedly remembering when she was in pain? Sure. Dogs make associations all the time, and most certainly seem to associate the vet with bad things. But to me making associations is not related to living in the moment. The dog has made an association with the vet and is unhappy she's there *right then.* An example of not living in the moment would be if we could know that the dog occasionally, unprompted by any word or action by a human, thought about going to the vet and had a negative reaction. Or if during the course of a normal day the dog thought "Gee, my human has been home a lot during this human sickness thing. I'm going to hate it when they go back to that office place." But we can't know whether dogs think like that or not. Thinking that finding a ball or other toy means they necessarily remember where they left it the way a human does? Maybe. But my guess is it's much more likely the dog knows where the ball is because she smells it. I do think dogs have some sort of inner sense of time, and that if fed/walked/whatever pleasurable thing on a schedule they know when it's about time for that. But again I would argue that's an indication of living in the moment. They know it's about time for that pleasurable thing. They're living in the moment thinking about that thing. Right now. We're very (very) routine oriented here, and my dogs know exactly what time their walk happens (even though the time changes seasonally). And normally they get excited and do the usual "come on, come on, hurry up" stuff starting a few minutes ahead of time. Except they know if it's raining hard the walk isn't happening, and then they don't do the "hurry up" act. They know. But none of that means they're not living in the moment.
  10. Sure. I believe dogs communicate all the time. Almost everything they do is a communication in some way or other. But of course mostly I mean by their body language and demeanor. I pay attention to almost every twitch of an ear or flick of an eye my dogs make, because it all means something. But I think it says a tremendous amount about human hubris that we assume dogs would communicate or even think in ways that are very similar to us. I mean--maybe they do. But I think it's at least equally as likely that it's far different. I think dogs are smart in ways we can't even begin to imagine. Its kind of the same way that most humans tend to think any "intelligent" life form from another planet would resemble us in some way--either physical appearance and/or thought processes, values, etc. Maybe, but also could be vastly different in ways we can't even imagine.
  11. When I think of vaccine refusers I'm often reminded of my SIL. When we first told her that DH had been diagnosed with cancer her immediate response was "But I didn't think that happened to our family." Seriously. And I don't think that type of thinking is particularly unusual. There's a slew of people out there who think bad things just don't or won't happen to them. Some people--and we've seen it repeatedly posted on this very forum--think if they just eat right and/or exercise and/or go to church every time the doors are open, or do/don't do whatever other magical things they've invented then "it" won't happen to them (Covid, cancer, diabetes, dementia, insert any "it" you can think of). Other people seem to think they're just that special and that they live a charmed life, period.
  12. No. I've seen a few videos and am flabbergasted that so many people think they're legit. The first thing I thought of was Clever Hans, whose story is explained in this article -- Debunking the Viral Talking Dog of TikTok (Medium) Now, the stuff on the internet could be outright fakes. Those videos are money makers, so there's plenty of incentive to fake. But owners unknowingly signal their dogs all the time, for all sorts of things. I've unknowingly taught dogs hand signals. I didn't realize I was making the same gesture each time I said a command until . . .boom, the lightening bolt hit and I realized I was teaching a hand signal without realizing it. And what I was doing those times wasn't subtle. One other thing I did was inadvertently cueing a dog in an extremely subtle way--I was inadvertently cueing my dog to be leash reactive to other dogs just by squeezing the leash a little harder when I saw another dog approaching. Not shortening it up, pulling my dog closer to me. Just tightening my grip, squeezing the part I was holding a tiny bit harder. I was cueing him to react. It is very, very easy to cue a dog without realizing it. Most people have no idea, and would adamantly, sincerely swear they're not doing a thing to signal the dog. But I am interested in what the research that is being done by UC San Diego (The Verge) will find.
  13. Yes, I think they do almost always live in the moment, except that if a dog has a very routine schedule then he will anticipate pleasurable things he knows are going to happen soon like meal times, walks, etc. But in the scenario of the movie you posted about--no, I don't think that dog is sitting around wondering where his family is and missing them. I think it's much more likely his brain is engaged observing what's going on around him.
  14. Maybe a long shot, but have you tried taking your lint filter out and washing it in hot, soapy water? And if you can maybe use a vac attachment or one of those dryer cleaning brushes to get out any loose bits of lint where the filter goes? I'm just guessing the odor could be coming from there.
  15. It's really not a good idea to give rawhide to an unattended dog anyway due to the choking risk. There are lots of much safer choices that are probably less expensive, too.
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