In our adventure having a dog in the house (Sidnei, the one above doing her best to look sad, mistreated, lonely and pitiful all at once), I’m learning that she’s capable of a range of emotions that would set a hollywood starlet to shame. Take this morning’s activities for example.
- Humans wake up, find pee on floor. Husky ashamed.
- Humans clean the floor. Husky outside. Husky whines pitifully.
- Humans let husky back in house and pick up her leash. Husky excited.
- Walk around the neighborhood. Husky enthusiastic and filled with boundless energy.
- Return home and give her breakfast. Husky full, tired, and rolls around on her bed.
- Humans eat breakfast. Husky outside laying on pitiful whining to inform the neighborhood just how badly she is being treated.
- Humans dress for work. Husky sad.
- Humans leave the house. As the door is closed, husky stares through the gap with big, mournful eyes.
- Husky contented. Settles down for a snooze to get her strength back to repeat the process in the evening.
There, the full range of emotions in just one hour. So, if you have a sitcom, movie, or TV show in need to a dog, please let me know, we’ve got a star-in-waiting.
But maybe you’ve got star-in-waiting?
I can definitely relate! Come to think of it, dogs can be great emotional studies for writers. 🙂 Yours is a cutie!
Yeah, it’s amazing how many emotions we seem to share. They just seem to go from one to another in way less time than us! I would mention to her that you think she’s a cutie, but she’s milking that angle for all its worth already!
I can completely relate. I’ve got 2 Shiba Inus at home (Miniature Akitas) who are also quite dramatic. Your husky is gorgeous.
Well, I replied to this comment a couple of days ago, but apparently it’s disappeared! Husky’s and Shina Inus look similar, so they probably do have similar human manipulation abilities, I mean emotions.
I would tell Sidnei that you think she’s gorgeous, but she’s already working that angle enough already 🙂
I can’t believe how many people say animals don’t experience the same emotions we do. Love that pig. 🙂 … By the way, there are dog toys that can help keep them busy when they are alone. There’s one that’s like a maze ball. You put a bit of food in the middle, and they roll it around until one or two bites come out at a time. Kept our dog busy for hours.
The maze ball (which sounds rude to start with!) is probably a good idea. Might use up some of the energy.
She just loves you, Nigel. And I love her. Dogs are the best, even when they mess inside. At least it doesn’t smell like cat pee. 🙂
LOL, Tiff. Only you could see that as an up-side. She is actually getting better at the waiting until the humans wake up things, so the pee accidents are thankfully getting rarer.
There’s nothing quite so guilt-inducing as those big, mournful eyes, is there? Awwww, she’s so cute!
You’re right, Diane. She’s probably just settling down for a snooze, but we interpret it differently. She’s able to work those eyes for an Oscar.
Such a beautiful puppy!! Dogs really are very different from cats, aren’t they. My cats are drama queens too, but in very different ways. And dogs don’t plot to kill you, at least. And I can see from the photo how badly she’s treated, that poor thing.
Hi Madame! Yes, she is treated terribly. She was actually quite happy until I got my camera out and told her the picture was going on the internet 😉
I think cats are more aloof, so hide a number of their feelings behind their inherent feeling of superiority!
Oh, they do know how to communicate, don’t they? If people were better listeners and observers, we wouldn’t need more than a few barks and whines in our repertoire, either.
They do get away with so little. Makes me wonder what we do with all those vowels …