One reason dogs play havoc with so many of our theories is that dogs do not have feelings toward all humans, only some. Perhaps the best book Jeffrey Masson has ever written! For animals in the wild, humans are usually something dangerous and to be avoided. Can anything be as joyous as a dog? According to one early authority, a dog can smell 100 million times better than we do I will return to the topic in Chapter 5. Do they see the dependency? Although he asks good questions Do dogs dream? None of these explanations is entirely satisfactory. Suddenly I was overwhelmed with the thought: There is another being in this room, another consciousness. It didn't really tell me much I didn't already know just by having a dog though.
In order to eat, wolves scarcely need us at all, but we could benefit from the help of wolves. Their senses, their experiences, open them to a totally different or new set of feelings of which we know little or nothing. That affinity may have to do with living as social beings in well-defined groups. Bounding ahead, crashing into the bushes while out on a walk, happy, happy, happy. In general, I think Thomas was more successful than Masson, perhaps because she attempted less. The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. Love : the master emotion of dogs -- 4.
A book of knowledge about the feelings and love of dogs! A good thing, too, since Masson himself would have been the victim! In this way dogs, whales, and humans share much in common--although whales never show a desire to spend time with us over spending time with other whales. Was she feeling something like tranquillity? Pigs probably could, if given half a chance. Share yours in the comments below! Nature versus nurture : dogs at work and play -- 12. Cats and Dogs -- 13. Dogs Never Lie About Love discusses why dogs are not finicky at the dinner bowl, why no breed is aggressive by nature, and the emotional significance of tail wagging. We assume this is why dogs are able to understand us so well, and appear to empathize with humans from their own direct experience. I dug this book in that it has lots of interesting and cool stories about dogs.
Many of these domesticated animals, even when they appear to be semi-wild, are dependent on humans and require considerable attention. I bought 3 copies, one for me and two for my best friends who have dogs as well. Cats and dogs -- 13. It's such a wonderful read and gives you the insight on the Emotional world of dogs. She looks at me with a pleading look, as if I hold the key to helping her get what she so badly wants. Similarly, when Sasha cocks her ears, she hears sounds of which I am altogether unaware. They seem to accept this control we exercise over them as the way things are.
Frances and Richard Lockridge find it easy to believe that a dog would like to be a man, in the same way as a man would like to cast himself in the image of God. Throughout, Masson's enthusiasm for dogs is infectious, but he contrasts humans unfavorably with dogs, deploring our failure to live in the present, our destructiveness toward the environment, our ambivalence and our aggression. Personally, I've always wondered if men love dogs so dearly because their dogs will adore them no matter how poorly they treat the human beings around them. So often I will see Sasha or Rani or Sima roll over and over in thick green grass, with a look of sheer delight on their faces, and I will think they are doing exactly what a dog was meant to do. Compassion : the essence of a dog's inner life -- 9.
While it is clear that we can learn a great deal about dogs from observing their behavior in terms of purely external actions, I think it is time to recognize that we could understand much more from observing how dogs feel. With compelling dog stories from around the world, Dogs Never Lie About Love offers long-overdue pause for thought about humanity's best and most loyal friend. A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship. We are not similar to cats in the same way, and cats are not all that good at understanding us. Key among these is love. Yes im an aquarian madly in love with a younger taurus man im about 25 years his senior but im telling you the love is so sizzling hot and directly on point that it will make you melt by talking about it.
Juliet Clutton-Brock, an expert on domestication, believes, as Darwin did, that only humans benefit from the association. As a dog-lover myself I agree with him on most of it and it kept me entertained while at work. Even among domesticated animals, the dog stands out as perhaps the only fully domesticated species. Still, well written and an enjoyable read that expanded my knowledge of our doggy friends a bit, at the same time giving me some things to think about and to try to observe in my own dog. When our thoughts start to go in circles, and we seem unable to break away, wondering what horrible event the future holds for us, the dog opens a window into the delight of the moment.
The best dog book I've read! Do some dogs commit suicide from despair? For the Animal shall not be measured by Man. Most poignantly, however, Dogs Never Lie About Love, reveals that although dogs exhibit a wide range of observable emotions, love is their master emotion and is what guides and defines their existence. When I look at my dog, I now know that he truly loves me. Guess who owns a dog now! This is one good reason they learn to read us so well. It made me think a little more seriously about my own dog's feelings. But even if the true figure is significantly less, the fact remains that when Sasha puts her nose to the ground, she becomes aware of a world about which I can only make guesses.