Humans Are Our Best Friends!

Humans Are Our Best Friends, Humans dogs Best Friends

The lady renowned for her sharp wits, wisdom bytes and satirical posts lends her pen for this special edition! This time she treads on the lifestyle and concerns of some lucky pets she had observed.

Although I have known and befriended pets with good life and strays with a dismal distressing life alike, I still hope that compassion is the miracle drug that would ensure that the plight of the less fortunate ones is taken into account.Over to the lady…

A few days ago, I was highly disturbed and deeply distressed. Memories of the time when the Dog’s parents had come to live with us and the Bitch had thrown such tantrums that they had to leave the house had been haunting me. To make matters worse, when the Bitch’s parents came to visit us, the Dog behaved very rudely towards them. It made me anxious about my own impending old age. Would they throw me out of the house as well? But that was until I had a hearty chat with Kaalicharan in the park, where we go to relieve ourselves.

At present, I lead a comfortable life. Humans are the most loyal servants we canines can have.  The family that serves me includes a man, his wife, and their two kids.  They call me Tiger. I call them Dog, Bitch, and Puppies. What’s in a name? That which we call a bone by any other name would taste as exquisite.

The Pups were little crawlers when I became the master of their house. The elder Pup is now nine, and the younger one is eight. They have grown very big towards the sky over the years. The only thing that hasn’t changed is their constant fighting. My barking doesn’t make any difference to them.

When alone, the Dog and the Bitch behave normally like other animals, but when they interact with other people they put on masks, as if they are participating in some television drama named Hypocrisy. It is so disgusting!Another thing that irritates me is the way they consider the Pups as extensions of their own selves, expending all their time and energy in training them, without any respect for their individuality. They kind of forget that when these Pups will grow up and marry, their wives will cut the parents off with the same impunity as they themselves have done.

Such thoughts were driving me crazy when I met Kaalicharan, the dog with a blog. At first, he laughed at my concern and then said, “We are not cursed with a long life like humans. Believe me, they will never treat you like they treat their parents.”

His sagacious words allayed my fears and restored my belief that humans were our best friends. Thank you God for making this wonderful world and such incredible creatures.

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Is there something like Animal Intelligence?

Yesterday while I was busy chasing cats, I found in the stowage an old issue of National Geographic magazine. It had a cover story on animal intelligence. It made for an interesting reading. Read the National geographic cover story here.
Animal intelligence

I wonder if you have harbored wishes of having conversations with animals, remember Dr. Dolittle? 🙂

Animals are smarter than most of us think them to be. Animals have always had intellectual abilities however what fauna friends refer to as intelligence might be entirely different from human definitions. It’s like searching for life in far off galaxies, but then life forms in a particular planet may be in contrast with what we have here. To us motion, respiration, activity etc. might be vital signs of life but who knows if for a green alien in Mars life means being in vegetative state? Similar is the quest for animal intelligence and as far as I am concerned I never had a doubt about it.

We have chimpanzees demonstrating team work, dolphins enchanting humans with their understanding and dogs and kittens forming emotional empathy with their human friends. We have Dogbert, the CEO dog from Dilbert comics. Hobbes, the philosopher tiger from Calvin & Hobbes and who can forget the likes of the lazy cat Garfield and heroics of Superman’s dog Krypto?

Fictional, you say?

Well how about this, Betsy, the now famous dog has a vocabulary of more than 300 words, knows 15 people by name and can retrieve objects seen in photographs or the deceased parrot Alex who gave avian intelligence new dimensions with his smart as a whip behavior.


Do Scientists believe in Animal Intelligence?

In 2012, a group some of the most brilliant thinkers of our time, including Stephen Hawking, came together to declare that animals do in fact have emotions:

“The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Nonhuman animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates.”

Still got doubts? Look into the eyes of any animal in your vicinity, if you look with belief you would for sure see the warmth of love. And believe me; any species capable of loving is for sure, intelligent!

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