a journal of my days,,

Thursday, 12 July 2018

dog speak,,,

                                                                 

our  boy Buck
  Just like human babies, dogs have non-verbal ways of getting what they want. While studying canine behavior, researchers recently identified 19 referential gestures. A referential gesture is one that brings the owner’s attention to a specific object or event. Here are some of the signals: Give me food. Play with me. Let me outside. Scratch me!                                                                                                                                                I can certainly relate to this. We have always had animals in our home, they were part of our family. Our dogs were easy to house train and sometimes I think it was actually myself that was trained, one look from them and I knew what they wanted. They let us know just by a certain tilt of their head or look in their eye. Our dogs would go and get their leash , bring us their water or food dish, and our last dog Buck would go get in the bath tub without being told when he came in with snow balls frozen to his paws, he enjoyed a warm foot bath  lol.
                                                              Sometimes I think ,,,no most times I think we under estimate the intelligence of our canine and feline family members.There are many ways to communicate with out words and our furry friends are probably the best at this!

                                                           Our boy Buck lived 17 years, he was a loyal            companion and I miss him still. In this photo taken just days before his passing he was in a moment of playing like a puppy, he had found a magazine on the sofa and was chewing and tearing at it just like a puppy, being silly.
                                                     Our home was on the lake and this little fella was very water wise. He sat on my lap when we went for our daily canoe trips, when we swam we brought him out to the swim raft in the canoe and he jumped fearlessly time and time again  from the swim raft into water well over his head and when tired we put him back in the canoe where he slept and watched us swim. He lived a wonderful free life chasing frogs and squirrels with a family that  loved him,,,,,,


Click here to watch the video from the article about dog language if you wish.














18 comments:

Adam said...

I do think all dogs would be able to speak at least simple words if they were able to.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yes, my cat HRH certainly ran my life with an iron paw!

TheAwakenedSoul said...

How sweet. He sounds like a very happy dog. I agree, they do anticipate what we want, especially when on a schedule. Pets are so grounding and nurturing.

Christine said...

What lovely memories of Buck, off to watch your video, thanks.

William Kendall said...

Dogs are very clever.

I'm not sure dogs and cats would ever lower themselves to speak human languages. :)

Valerie-Jael said...

Dogs and cats are very clever. My pets always had me trained very quickly. Hugs, Valerie

Elephant's Child said...

I am certain that other animals are much more intelligent than we give them credit for. And yes, I have been easily trained. More than once.

only slightly confused said...

What a cute little guy...you can see the intelligence in him.

bill burke said...

I love dogs and had them for so many years. All our dogs have passed on and I still miss them terribly. They are smart and definitely know how to get what they want. We think we train them when we first meet but it really is the other way around. They are our teachers and we are the students, now is when you give them a treat. :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Loved seeing the pictures here, Buck looks great.
I don't know too much about dogs but 17 sounds a good age to me.
Lovely post.

All the best Jan

Victoria said...

Yay Laurie, glad to reconnect with you and your creative world! Beautiful art, so lovely, a wonderful piece!! AW, your dog is so sweet and beautiful, hugs, here's to all of your happy memories! I love dogs, they sure do bring such joy to the every day!!! Wishing you a magical Summer and so glad to visit you again!
Victoria

Prims By The Water said...

Both dogs and cats have a way of letting you know what they want. Plus there are times I believe they do train us as what they want and not what we want. However I love animals all the same! We live a half hour South from the Southernmost part of Lake Huron and live along the St Clair River where we watch freighters daily. Janice

Catalyst said...

Recently one of our cats came into the kitchen where Judy was working on her computer and let out a fearful yowwwwl. Judy looked at her and asked her what she wanted. She then went over and pulled one of the cupboard doors open and let it slam and then went and sat in front of the pantry door where the cat food is kept, staring up at it. Judy got the message, went and got some cat food and filled her dish and she ate happily. Who says cats (and dogs) ain't smart?

Magic Love Crow said...

This is so beautiful Laurie! Our fur babies are the best!! I agree, they do have us trained! LOL! Buck was so cute! Big Hugs!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Laurie,

What a lovely blog post! I too love animals, having had dogs and a parakeet that had a personality! I am a language teacher, so the language of animals is fascinating to me as well. How rich our lives are when we pay attention to nature and the communication system of the wild. You are so right; it's US who get the training when we observe. Your dog, what a precious companion.

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tammy j said...

I love this post dearest bean.
I've been owned by many wonderful dogs in my life.
they leave their little paw tracks right there in your heart. for always.
xo

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Pets do add so much to our lives, more I believe than we do to theirs. We have always had pets in our childhood and afterwards, both dogs and cats. We are petless now but have fond memories as you do, Laurie. Thanks for sharing about Buck.

Chatty Crone said...

I could not agree with you more - pets are wonderful - the only sad part is the end. It is hard. I know Disco talks to us all the time and tells us what he wants or what he is saying. sandie