I wonder what goes through our dog's head. What thought processes occur? If any. Does she think in the same sense as we do?
Yesterday, in the wonderful sunshine she sat and watched Eldest. Her deep chocolate brown eyes thoughtfully (or as Himself muttered ... 'vacantly') taking in the view. She observed the ducks in the pond, watched other dogs playing or barking and listened to people as they laughed or spoke. She seemed to be very aware of what was going on and had such a thoughtful face...... or am I reading too much into that furrowed brow above the small space that may, or may not, house a peanut sized brain (I am quoting Himself again).
I suspect that, no - I know she is a thinker ... she over-thinks and tries to second guess, tries to impress, tries to preempt your command. She worries that she is not pleasing us, worries she is in trouble, worries about a lot.
So to see her sitting, in the sunshine, smiling and thinking and watching made my heart swell.
Nope - she was just waiting for her ball to be retrieved so the game could continue.
I love our dogs so much, even if all they sometimes think about is how to get another treat from their tin xxReplyDelete
Oh, I love to watch a dog seemingly deep in thought. My old Patterdale was definitely a thinker. I'm sure he Knew what I was thinking before I knew it myself. XReplyDelete
I too love watching animals & wonder what their thought processes are. Now who were you describing in that third paragraph in the long blurb in between the photos? Lovely photos. Thank you. Take care.ReplyDelete
Just had to comment on your post, we sadly lost our goldie of 14 years a month or so ago and I too often used to wonder what was going on in his head , I think he thought he was a lion stalking in the Serengeti when he disappeared into the long grass. I really enjoyed your post and will now become a follower if you will have me lol.ReplyDelete
Welcome to my little corner of blogland :), sorry to hear about Ollie, they do leave a huge hole when they go. I shall pop over to your blog and say hello :)Delete
I like the way dogs are in the moment and how forgiving they are. Lovely photos.ReplyDelete
I am sure that all dogs are thinking all the time and all kinds of things! They just look as though they always know exactly what is going on don't they!ReplyDelete
She definitely thinks. Jak used to just sit and think. But what I find hard to comprehend is how do they think. We think in our own language using words from our vocabulary but theirs must be limited. So maybe they think in pictures like cartoon pictures.xxReplyDelete
No, you are not 'over thinking' this at all, you're just a caring, observant Moss-Mum. Our four-paws DO think, they observe, assess, process and make decisions, just like we do. I agree with Amy, I often think our dogs have far more awareness of what is really going on than we realise. It is wonderful to see when a rescue dog is secure enough, relaxed enough, to be able to just sit and take some time .... aww, bless :)ReplyDelete
Why do I have a lump in my throats just thinking about what she was thinking?! xReplyDelete
There is a TV series just started on BBC2 showing the link between dogs & owners. It is in the form of a competition, but it's also really interesting. Last night's programme was about communication. I'm more a cat person than a dog person, but I really enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
I watched it too, kept wishing we were doing it! I've know Badger and Bodger, not personally, but through the veterinary surgery where I used to work. No guess who I was rooting for!Delete
Not to bad mouth Himself but he is SO wrong! Of course they think about life and us and other dogs. Maybe not as we do but in their own way. I use to witness Griffin in deep thought many times. Sometimes he would stare at me for a solid 10 minutes and I always joked with Tom that he was thinking about how much he loved me and what a great person I was!! Now, you must read 'Fifteen Dogs'. A fantastic, somewhat sad but poignant story. You will never look at your dog the same way again! http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23129923-fifteen-dogsReplyDelete
My dear Himself on the quiet does rather love our dilly dog, but choses to be blokey about it and rag the dog, I'm off to investigate 'Fifteen Dogs' the preview has piqued my interest!Delete
I spend all day every day with two dogs and I definitely know that they think! Yet they have such simple needs. Exercise, stimulation, company, food and a warm bed. Much the same as newborn babies my dogs are usually thinking about one of those things. Some think about food more than others, these two think about tennis balls far more than they ever do about food! Looks like Moss thinks deeply about tennis balls too!ReplyDelete