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What can we learn from the animals?
4 years ago
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Here is a place to share knowledge of what we can learn from animals. There are many lessons to be learned from the animals. Have you ever noticed how when a storm is approaching, the animals seem to know well in advance? Did you know you can tell what the winter s going to be like simply by watching how the animals prepare. The animals are more in tune with nature than the humans, even though at one time the humans were in touch with nature the same way. 

   From time to time I will post info on animal knowledge. A lot of it will come from Ted Andrew's book "Animal Speak".  Some will be knowledge I have gained through the years.  I welcome and invite anyone else to share their knowledge.

4 years ago

Thanks Delbert - unfortunately the dog needs walking - but would love to hear all.  Will say I agree and they know where the mice are - both my cat and my dog!

4 years ago

When winter is approaching, if you will watch the animals, you will kow if it is going to be a hard winter, or an easy one. If the furry animals start getting a really bushy tail and heavy coats, the winter will be a hard cold one. If this happens earlier than normal, the winter will be early and long. Watch the squirrels as they gather their nuts for the winter. The harder they work, the more they try to store, the longer the winter will be. The lower to the ground that a hornet builds its nest, the colder the winter will be.

 

  How about anyone else.  Know any little tidbits about the animals? 

4 years ago

I just know what most people know - when there is a thunderstorm coming or an earthquake, animals know.  They also know who is friendly and who's not.  They are much more intuitive than most humans.

4 years ago

Baby always barks real loud and mean when she doesn't like someone...  it's always a warning to me.  A 19 yr old (or so ) walked across our property today and I happened to be outside the house with the dog.  As I turned into our driveway, there was this kid and I don't think he meant harm, but it was obvious he was walking through someone's property and Baby did NOT like him - it's like our neighbor - Baby can't stand him.

self awareness
4 years ago

Thank you for this topic. I find that I can gauge my frame of mind by my dogs reactions. Invariably when I notice different behaviour in my dogs I can connect it with my mindset. Its as if they were tuned into my thoughts and withdraw from negative thinking. One has to live with them to get to know them, and they surely have senses that we have lost touch with.

4 years ago

I totally agree with you Joseph.  As I posted in another animal group - my dog knows when someone is oK or not.  The growl is completely different.  She cannot stand our neighbors and every morning when I walk her, she looks that way and growls.  We've only had her for 4+ months but like this morning when I was REALLY exhausted, I walked her and told her I was tired and fell back aseep on the recliner.  Twice she nozzled me to make sure I was OK, but the rest of the time she let me nap rather than try and play.  They are so intuitive.  We can learn alot from our pets. 

4 years ago

As a general rule, a family pet, especially dogs, can alert you to a persons trustful nature. If the dog likes a person, they can generally be trusted. If the dog doesnt, wont take its eyes off of the person, stays at a distance from them, aleways on guard, the person cannot be trusted.

 

  Also an animal can alert you to the presence of of things you cannot see.  Hypothetical scenario for you: A dog approaches a room with its owner/master, the master enters the room, but the dog sits at the door and will not enter, even though the owner calls to it. There is something in that room that the dog can feel, but cannot see, that it does not like.  Animals can sense things that a lot of us humans have lost the ability to do. They can also sense whether these unseen things are good or bad.  If at first they are hesitant to go in a room, but after a little coaxing will, the energy in that room is not bad or dangerous. However if they refuse, even after coaxing, and become stressful to the point of growling at you, they are letting you know that whatever is in that room is bad or dangerous.

 

4 years ago

Totally agree Delbert.  When I walk my dog, she is very protectful of me and if it's someone she hasn't sen before, she barks.  Or if there is another dog  - she'll bark.  But once she gets to see the person several times (we live near a park so that happens often) she doesn't bark.  But if she continues to bark, like with our neighbor, I know that is a person to stay away from. 

 

ou also learn alot if you have a cat and a dog that you didn't get at the same time.  Baby, dog, used to chase Bootsie (cat).  We got Baby 4 months agao and have had Bootsie for 6 years.  Well, now Baby ignores Bootsie, but Bootsie (with no claws) has started attacking Baby to the point that Baby is getting scard of Bootsie - which isn't god.  BUt the territorial concept for a cat is stronger than for a dog often.  You learn a lot form watching your animals.  As Delbert said, animals still have senses that we, as humans, often forget and don't use.

4 years ago

Missing you Delbert.  But saw this thread again and contemplated it. 

 

Animals have a sense about them - Baby still doesn't like our neighbor and with good reason.  My other neighbor knocked at the door yesterday and Baby didn't bark when she recognized the voice.  We can also learn about territorialism and the need for people and pets to have their own space.  My cat, Bootise, keeps trying to take over Baby's territory so I got a little box and put it in the LR so she had a spot of her own.

4 years ago

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/6-health-benefits-of-having-pets.html?page=4#comment-983422

 

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