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Originally posted by Ethereal Gargoyle
And I have also heard about Hachiko the dog. At first I thought it was surely exaggerated or misunderstood. But then I read all I could about it, and no, if anything, the story was "watered" down.
BTW, good for Gere!
I think there was also a famous faithful dog in Scotland.... Bobby, was it?
He has a statue erected somehwere.
Originally posted by nunya13
reply to post by HolgerTheDane
My dad and step-mom have a particularly sassy kitty. She does the same thing. She'll let you pet her and she'll purr then just lose her mind and swat at you (thankfully, yet unfortunately at the same time, she is declawed).
Is the cat you have a Torty by any chance? I've noticed that those little black and orange fur balls have quite a temper.
Anyway, one time, I was living with them when I was 21 to get my crap straightened out and we were in a verbal argument. You know, a "I'm not a kid anymore!" and "You're under our roof, you'll live by our rules!" argument. We were yelling at eachother, they were seated at the table and I was standing in the doorway to the kitchen and I kept hearing Cinders (the kitty) growling behind me, but I ignored it for the most part. Next thing I know, the little devil growled, hissed, then bit my Achilles tendon (not hard, just a warning) as if she was upset I was fighting with my parents, her owners.
I totally reminded me of a dog that gets very protective of its owners and will growl at people they assume to be threatening them in some way. It was crazy, I had never seen a cat act like that before.
Originally posted by Full_Vision
I was speaking to a neighbor one day and the subject turned to how cats communicate.. and she seemed to just figure out that they do in fact speak to one another! i was dumbfounded for a moment to think anyone would think they didnt.. when i explained they were most likely telepathic (watching them interact with one another shows this IMHO) she just said 'really'??? i ended the conversation on the topic, but its stuck with me since..
Originally posted by LordBaskettIV
Until a decade or two ago, it appeared that other animals -- including monkeys -- did not kill members of their own species, whereas humans did. But as field studies in animal behavior have become more thorough, the myth of the peaceful primate -- or non-murderous animal generally -- has largely been dispelled. Orangutans rape, for instance, and chimpanzees murder. Wolves also kill others of their own kind, as do lions, elk, and bison. In fact, nearly every animal species that has been carefully studied sooner or later reveals its penchant for lethal violence.
we are animals, get over it...it's nothing special.
[edit on 28-10-2009 by LordBaskettIV]
Originally posted by Confused and Dazed!
We had a dog that was a member of the family for 15 years. She was loved, and given every respect you would accord another human. She was never punished, scolded, or ignored. Not once.
She was absolutely devoted to us. She was funny, and intelligent. She was full of character. She let us know when she was ill, or hurt. She would lay next to you, waiting for you to wake up in the morning, and then be so happy and excited when you said "HI" to her. Sometimes, if she had to go "potty" she'd give you little nudges with her nose, to let you know, she needed to go out. Yet, she was so respectful, and gentle about it.
She was so unhappy, and let us know it, whenever we had to leave the house. She would watch and wait for our return, from her favorite chair in the living room window. One of her greatest joys, was going "Bye-Bye" or "for a ride". She loved to visit family members. She knew what Christmas and birthday presents were, and would open them with great excitement, to see what she got! She understood grocery bags, and knew one of them held her treats, and she'd look for them. Once we forgot, and she was very unhappy that her "nummies" weren't in there. It was all over her face.
( I made a special trip, that day, to go and get them )
When we talked to her, she'd pay attention, and look us in the eyes, shifted attention between those where speaking. She had command of understanding complex sentences, and questions.
She knew our moods, unhappiness, and when we had a head ache, for she'd stay close by. Watching! Coming to you, to check on you.
When she was dying of a brain tumor, she refused to go to sleep for three days. She held on, staying awake, little by little, getting weaker and weaker. She wouldn't eat, drink, or even go out side. She just wanted to be next to us. Finally, she looked at us, with her eyes wide open, tearing, and then she gave a small exhale, and relaxed, closed her eyes, and died in our arms.
We were crying as we lost her, and then held onto each other, as she lay next to us on the bed, gone forever. We lost our beloved little girl. She past on to whatever there is for animals once they die. We'd like to think, she went to some sort of animal heaven...because she deserved it.
She is laid to rest, in an animal cemetery.
How or why anyone could torment an animal, is beyond my comprehension.