reply to post by silent thunder
We visited Ziggy while he was alive about 14 times. Many times when he would see us coming, if he wasn't chained, he would walk up to greet us.
Ziggy had been around humans for at least 40 years. You would have to be deaf dumb and stupid to not be around hundreds, thousands of people
everyday, listening to them and not picking up language.
No, that day when he turned, walked over and stood directly in front of me and looked into my eyes, he knew exactly what I was saying to him.
His expression, his eyes were full of sadness and yet he knew I was trying to show these boys that animals aren't stupid, non emotional creatures.
I talk to my dog a lot, just like I use to talk to my kids when they were little..........I'm a chatter box my husband says it drives him nuts.
Here is a picture of my last dog, Odie who we got at 4-5 years of age - we had him for 15 years and he passed away on July 19, 2010. The vet says he
was around 18-20 years of age. The picture below is from 2005.
He was laying on the couch and was a real camera ham...............I had asked him to sit up pretty for mama.
Tell me he didn't know English.
Odie 1990-1992? to Monday, July 19, 2010.
Being around humans, long enough that talk daily to them, particularly even a half way intellegent animal, I think they pick up quite a bit of
I talk to my new rescue Pointer Lucy (Who absolutely hates being photographed or filmed) and the other day she actually came to me, I started
scratching her and she said "outtttt". She didn't come up to be scratched, she had to pee and let me know it.
I suspect people don't really want to know how intellegent animals really are and how many (not all of them) think deeper than we realize about
Ziggy's bones are in a storage vault at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago. They did not erect a memorial to him nor did they want to spend the
time or money to stuff and display him.
Their loss and bad judgement.
Ziggy was truely an extraordinary being...............not just a big dumb pachyderm.
No, I wouldn't have crawled in his enclosure and hugged him, a wild animal is a wild animal and a really big one is dangerous.
Oh he was magnificent, truly a sight to behold and his eyes, to me anyway denoted a being that had way more intellegence than most people realized.
I miss my Odie but feel by adopting Lucy and saving another dog from being gassed in Georgia (sorry folks most animals are still gassed the needle is
too expensive) I have honored Odie's memory.
God, how I miss my Odie. And I don't go to Brookfield Zoo anymore.............I no longer will pay to condone the imprisonment of animals.
Now Lucy, she grumbled the last rain we had, oh she &itched about the rain and having to go out potty. I had to promise her two treats and dry her
off with a towel in hand before she would go out. But she understood me bribing her alright.
If this message reaches just one person, just one of you out there................please please please, adopt, rescue, don't buy from a pet store as
pet stores support puppy mills like the one Lucy came from and was given over to a high kill shelter at 6 years of age because the puppy mill guy got
tired of her and wanted a younger, flashier model of Pointer.
You can get a pure bred dog or cat from a shelter if you must have a pure bred. I got another Pointer because Odie was so intellegent. I couldn't
begin to tell you the stories of how smart this dog was.
And yes, Lucy clearly said "outtttttt" to me July 9th at approximately 10AM C/T.
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