buckets_of_fun: So the morale of the story is dead puppies are delicious?
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: And when your dog snuggles up to you on the couch, it's because he loves you. It has nothing to do with the fact that you're a heat source.
Snapper Carr: J. Frank Parnell: Of course it has to be something like that. The idea animals aren't just meat robots god put here for us to exploit, and might have emotions just like us, is ridiculous.And now here are a bunch of scientists.The leap from "animals have emotions" to "animals engage in ritualistic grief rituals" is a mighty big one.
omeganuepsilon: Yeah, dogs can love an individual...cuddle for closeness to that person.But they also can do this with complete strangers, leaving the (humanizing)owner feeling abandoned and neglected.It's a dog, not a person. It is a pack animal, and outside normal human boundaries and concepts of love.
Super Chronic: eraser8: One thing that often gets overlooked in these "that dog isn't doing what we think he's doing" stories is the fact that dogs are a subspecies entirely created by human beings. They've been selectively bred to act according to our preferences. Dogs simply don't behave in the same ways that wolves or foxes do.I'm not, by the way, claiming that this guy is wrong. I'm just saying that "I know what that dog is doing because other beasts do something similar" isn't very convincing.Fair enough, but this argument...
meat0918: Super Chronic: I hadn't seen this until just now, but my response is.... duh. Did anyone really think a dog was engaging in a spontaneous grieving ritual?Anyway, curious to know what kind of dog that is. Looks sorta like a Brittany, though with darker spots.Given the internet tears that have been shed, yes, yes they did.
reillan: Super Chronic: I hadn't seen this until just now, but my response is.... duh. Did anyone really think a dog was engaging in a spontaneous grieving ritual?Yes. based purely on comments, it seems like MOST people thought it was grief.
Spam Pajamas: When I was growing up I was at a friend's house who had a huge pit bull. The little old lady next door had a Chihuahua. One day while we were on his porch his dog came up with the Chihuahua in his mouth and it was dead. We panicked. We figured maybe we could just reattach it to its leash and hope the little old lady thought her dog died on its own. A few hours later we hear her screaming! We run over and she's holding her dead dog. She asked who would do such a thing? We said it looks like it died on its own. She said "It died two days ago. Someone dug it up and reattached it to its leash!"
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