Animal wisdom: Avoid biting when a simple growl will do

My two loved pooches
We have probably all seen this list of things we can learn from dogs including:
  •  Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
  •  When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  •  When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  •  Delight in the simple joys of a long walk.

Cutesy it may be, but book publishers are also seeing a market in anything to do with human/animal relationships.  In the last couple of years we have purchased at least 35 – 40 books on this topic or the Library. Dogs seem to feature mostly, and are seen as the loyal emotional bearers of happiness and self-awareness that most of these books celebrate.

CoverCats being the fickle creatures they are seem less prominent.  I am yet to find out what we can learn from rats, but maybe they are the next “big thing”?

People who do not have pets will probably find all of  this completely barmy, so I have  included a few titles that will either change your mind, or just confirm your belief in the craziness of devoted pet owners, (of which I confess am one).

6 thoughts on “Animal wisdom: Avoid biting when a simple growl will do

  1. Joyce 22 September 2011 / 4:29 pm

    Yes, the wisdom of rats! Pet rats are intelligent, friendly and inquisitive but much maligned. I think we can expect a human-rat tear-jerker to hit the bestseller lists at some stage.
    I’m struggling to think what I’ve learned from my guinea-pig but we are both on a “journey” and both like carrots.

  2. annonymousse 22 September 2011 / 4:45 pm

    The notion that there is something we could learn from cats is inappropriate. Our purpose is to serve them not to learn from them.

    • jane 23 September 2011 / 11:03 am

      annonymousse – that’s a good name! And yes, cats expect only the best, dogs are much more accomodating.
      As for Rats – well the least said about them the better!

  3. Bill 22 September 2011 / 5:01 pm

    ”annonymousse” You must not have a Pet? Or are you just a bit plain?

    • annonymousse 23 September 2011 / 5:16 pm

      I live with two cats and serve and obey them regularly.

  4. jane 23 September 2011 / 11:52 am

    http://www.nakeddog.co.nz/stephen.htm
    Stephen Jenkinson is speaking at the South Library on September 26, 2011
    from 7.00pm to 8pm. The topic is “A City Good for Dogs is Great for Humans”. check out his website.

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