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Frequenting a court between stores, restaurants, and cafes, the place takes on a world of its own. I’ve been sketching here for quite a long time. Long enough to know it has its courtiers, kings, queens, and jesters. Dogs have a special ascendance. They’re lavished with particular affection.
I often see the same people. The man above looked like he was visiting. The logo of the football team on his sweatshirt was an indicator.
I forgot to mention…in keeping with that great Thanksgiving tradition of football games too, I’d like to wish everyone a happy holiday.
After my observations I noted in the first paragraph above I became interested…so when I ran into this DVD in the library I had to watch it. It turned out to be a very good Nova documentary called Decoding Dogs/ Understanding The Human-Dog Relationship. It confirmed dogs are really wolves that have aggressive tendencies breed out. It cites an example in Russia of just how easily this is done after a few generations of selective breeding. Noting also fear is the impetus of aggression.
An anthropologist in the documentary uses the cuckoo bird relationship as an analogy to our relationship to a dog where the cuckoo bird kicks out the real baby bird from the nest. When a puppy dog is brought home for being cute and fun we essentially receive nothing from the dog and it replaces our interactions with human beings.
The documentary showed how attuned the dog is to its owner. The dog owners on the documentary unanimously agree their dogs are smart. Many affirm their dog’s ability to read their owners feelings. I’ve heard owners say how smart their dog is by it’s instinctual observations of people. Considering what is said here, it’s simply reacting to the owners unwitting queue and reacting to them.
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