Heather White

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Does your pet dog or cat know when you are coming home?


I've just watched an amazing video lecture by Rupert Sheldrake about animal telepathy.

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    Jan 27 2012: Colleen,

    I believe this to be true.... It seems to me dog understands the most basic of questions. What is the meaning of life? The ultimate answer being love. Dog doesn't worry about anything and everything, dog is not materialistic or corrupt. They simple love us and we love them, imagine if humanity could learn to do that with one and other... Our potential would be limitless, and dog would laugh at us and say you finally get it, well it's about damn time.

    :-) T.J.
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      Jan 28 2012: Maybe they already ARE laughing at us? Maybe they are still trying to teach us? I agree...if humanity could learn some of the lessons animals are teaching us, it might make a big difference in our world:>)
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    Jan 28 2012: Yep. Because of the amazing hearing.
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    Jan 27 2012: Hi Heather,
    I do not "own" animal friends at the moment, and over the years, I've had many dogs, cats and horses. My observation is that they know a lot more about us than we think:>) Yes, I believe that my dog and cat friends knew when I was coming home. The dogs always greeted me with unrestricted affection, and the cats greeted me with arrogant displeasure...their way of letting me know that they disapproved of me being gone:>) In fact, the cats would often ignore me for 1 to several days, and the timing of their "punishment" seemed to be directly related to how long I was away! Have you ever heard the saying..."dogs have masters/owners...cat's have staff?" Sounds pretty funny, but it seems to be true that animals have certain personalities and communication skills, and they know how to use their talents to get our attention! LOL:>)

    Talking about animal telepathy...
    It's very common with horses to intuit immediately, as soon as the foot is in the stirup, whether ot not the person mounting them is a good rider or not. One horse in particular I used to ride a lot, would hang his head and mope along when a child or inexperienced rider was on his back. As soon as an experienced rider put his/her foot in the stirup, the horses head would pop up, he'd open his eyes wide and start prancing...he was ready for a good ride:>) Horses can feel tension/stress/fear or comfort/experience/confidence from the rider.
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      Jan 27 2012: Hi Colleen, I totally know what you mean about the difference between cats and dogs. My cat used to make me suffer days of guilt on my return from holiday - but my dog's just soooo happy to see me!

      Interesting stuff about horses - I can well believe it.
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      Jan 27 2012: Hi Colleen,
      Youre definitely right about cats lol :) Mine gives me the evil eye whenever i pet other cats in front of her :)
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        Jan 27 2012: Hi Beste:>)
        Yes...cats do the "evil eye routine" pretty well...LOL:>) When I used to travel a lot, I had three cats. Two of them forgave me for going away in a reasonable amount of time. The third one, who usually cuddled up to me in bed, would sit primly at the far corner of the queen size bed and give me the evil eye for quite awhile....she was so funny...and also a great friend, who died at age 21:>)
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          Jan 28 2012: Yes they are very comforting friends:) Great at keeping secrets too ! Its great that she lived a long time :)
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    Jan 27 2012: My dog Levi will guard the entire house if I say "Levi, watch the house" I have never trained him in this command. He's an old dog now with many years of experience in reading my mood and tone. I've noticed if I leave him out he guards the house now without me asking, which sometimes makes him very tired. I often will put him in his crate now when I leave so he can rest. One thing is for certain in the crate or outside patrolling the house I hear him barking before I step foot out of my car everyday. That being said sometimes I park in the street, sometimes I park in the driveway depending on who is at my house and how bad the parking situation is. I feel the connection with him, through love.
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      Jan 27 2012: Yes, I understand that dogs have been human companions for over 100,000 years - longer than cats c. 7,000 years and horses c. 5,000 years. The earliest dog / human pay off being that dogs provide guarding survices and human's provide food scraps - so Levi's only doing what comes naturally - and I'm sure he loves doing his doggy duty for you!

      The video link shows evidence that domesticated animals (a dog in the example) know when their pet human is returning home at the point when the human decides to return home!
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        Jan 27 2012: Would it surprise you if dogs were smarter than humans in certain ways? I mean they do love unconditionally which is already a step past us in the evolutionary chain in my opinion... One thing is for certain we can learn from everything in this world including dogs. Maybe they will teach us telepathy in the future :-) YEEEEAAAA! I'll have to watch the full video tonight after work, thanks for this!
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          Jan 27 2012: It has to be true when you look at the state of the world! :-)
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          Jan 27 2012: Timothy,
          It would not surprise me at all. In fact, I watched a documentary on public tv not too long ago about research that has been done with dogs for many years, and some of the discoveries were truly amazing! At the end of the documentary, the question was asked..."could it be that dogs are more intelligent than humans?" The research information presented, certainly caused me to ponder!
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        Jan 28 2012: I haven't had a chance to watch the video yet, but I just wanted to comment that evidence shows that we may have domesticated dogs, but cats moved in because it was convenient for them. We had unwanted rodents, they like rodents, it was a good deal for both of us.

        Self-domestication clearly has left them with the idea that they're doing us a favour as much as the other way around, heh.
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          Jan 28 2012: Actually, Gisela, after watching this documentary that I mentioned, I was left with the question...who domesticated whom? Think about it!!! We feed them when they are hungry, pat them when they want to be patted, get up early in the morning or late at night to take them for a walk...etc. etc. I think the dogs have taught us well:>)

          I agree with your idea that cats "moved in because it was convenient for them", and it was probably a good deal for all of us:>)