Tag: animal intelligence

Blog 4 the Change 4 Animals: April 15

Tip for pet and animal bloggers

Please write a post for humane treatment of animals. Why post it tomorrow? Because four times a year, #BtC4animals happens all over the World Wide Web. You, also, can make a difference. Write on any type of blog for animals and use the hashtag above. If you do not want to blog, then write a post on Facebook, etc., sharing a petition, a need for a phone call or a letter to help wild animals, farm animals or pets.

Bloggers write for humane animal welfare

#BtC4A
Blog the Change for animals

April 15, 2015 join me.

  • This is far simpler than you imagine.
  • Pick an animal cause.
  • Write about it.
  • Quote your sources and/or add links.
  • Go add your post link on Be the Change for Animals’ Website.
  • Add the code, if you can. (WordPress.com doesn’t let me, darn!)
  • Share the change. #BtC4animals hashtag on Facebook and all social media.

Love, Deborah Taylor-French

Go blog the change. I want my brothers and sisters adopted.
Go blog the change. I want my brothers and sisters adopted.

Be the change. Do it now.

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Bus riding dog: Photo Friday

Can your dog do this?

Have you read about this dog? A friend shared a news clipping on this dog’s unusual behavior in Seattle, Washington. Eclipse, as an independent city dog, seems to know to walk only on the sidewalk, get on the bus, take a seat and look out the window, all without assistance from his person. Eclipse even knows, which bus stop to get off at. She always gets off at the DOG PARK stop. “Bus riders report she hops up on empty seats next to strangers, and watches out the window for her stop. Says commuter Tiona Rainwater, “All the bus drivers know her … she makes everybody happy.”

A Metro Transit spokesman said the agency loves that a dog appreciates public transit. The City of Seattle representative suggested that it would be safer for Eclipse to wear a leash and be with her human when she rides the bus, but with a dog this smart, is it a problem? I don’t know the answer. Black lab rides bus alone to dog park USA Today Network Associated Press 1:01 p.m. EST January 14, 2015.

What do you think, can dogs take the bus without their human families?

Hey, when do I get to run?
No dogs off leash

We know that big dogs differ in temperament and in dog to dog communication from little lap dogs. But what makes a dog mature and experienced enough to take on full independence? We know that the confusion and untranslated rules of human life continually challenge us. And what of homeless dogs living in and around people in Bali, Mexico, and Russia? By clicking this link, you will find my “Smart Thinking Dogs Ride the Metro”  written and posted videos on free-roaming dogs that ride trains in organized groups in Russia. Often those who live with dogs, like we do, find dogs understand far more of our human lives than we think possible. After watching dozens of dogs off leash on city streets of Baja California Sur, Mexico. No dog seemed homeless and all but one stayed on the sidewalk.

Do dogs ever become 100% street-smart?

Black Dog
Street smarts or leash required?

What do dogs know? What do dogs remember? We know dogs learn. We know some dogs show exceptional learning abilities,  much great than other dogs. Somewhere I read that the average dog has the intelligence of a human toddler. Now, none of us would let a toddler walk city streets, get on and off a bus alone. But what of special cases? History shows exceptions to rules and to the “average.” Clearly, Eclipse breaks the rule, the average and reshapes our expectations of what dogs can and should be able to do.

 “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals 
are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi

Have you read Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote? Of book talks, life and books by Kerasote can be found on his Website his 2014 Pukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs, in paperback, looks to be interesting to those of us who want our dogs to live the longest, healthiest lives possible. Find more about this top creative nonfiction author on his Website Kerasote.com.

True dog story (tearjerker ahead)

A Marin County ethical keeshond breeder shared this true story of their longtime and favorite dog. For years and years, the behavior of their family dog and top champion male looked totally stable. His nature showed pure calm and obedience. They all got into a pattern of allowing this canine patriarch time to lay on the front lawn in their neighborhood circle street. He always remained serene, watching, never chasing, barking or moving.

One afternoon as this keeshond patriarch lay on his grassy lawn-the unthinkable happened-he ran in font of a car. Fortunately, this beloved family keeshond did not die. But he suffered, ever after, from epileptic fits. Makes me wonder if we fool ourselves in imagining that dogs can navigate city streets safely.

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This Monday, January 19, Paul at Learning from Dogs reblogged and added his own unique perspective on “Bus riding dog: Photo Friday” in his “A wonderful insight into dogs.” Please visit Learning from Dogs.

Winner Marvelous Mutt Contest: Pierson

By Deborah Taylor-French

Find more at Best Mutt in the World: Photo Friday

Marvelous Mutt Contest

 Pierson came out our winner and he sure is a mutt full of personality.

Hey, I'm still hungry.
Pierson, Dawn’s dog as seen on “I lLove Dogs, Dawn’s WordPress blog

1- “Pierson is my mutt.”

2- “I found him at Pierson Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The word was that he had been living there for at least half the month of December and part of January, possibly longer. He had no tags, no microchip, and was full of fleas and ticks. He was also very shy. It took me three days to catch him, but when I did it was the best day ever. He is a fantastic dog and everybody loves him, especially me. ❤”

3- “Why should he get a basket of healthy goodies? Because even though I captured him in a park, he is the one who captured my heart. ❤❤❤”

Go see Pierson on his mom’s American Dog Blog.

Sydney, who has not been blogging for awhile, had this to say.

When I asked Sydney, our poodle mix mutt, what he thought of the winner of our first Mutt Marvelous Contest, he said, “FANTASTIC!”

And then Sydney ran in circles, bashed into my leg and gave me, “Where are those treats you promised me? Remember 2 for me and 3 for the winner? Well, I want a new deal.” He jumped up into my lap.

Don't make me nip you!
See what big teeth I have?

Then he yipped, “I want 3 for me and 2 for him.”

Just kidding.

Help rescued animals everyday. It’s free. Really.

Click on The Animal Rescue Site

Contest is LIMITED to mutts living in the USA.

Nationwide, you and your mutt can make a difference walking for a good cause. Check out how at the Bark Magizine Strut Your Mutt-A Cause to Walk For

Thanks for reading and sharing.

English: This is Allie, She is a 10 weeks old ...
English: This is Allie, She is a 10 weeks old Corgi and Shih Tzu hybrid.. Her mother was a purebred Corgi and her Dad was a purebred Shih Tzu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marvelous Mutt Monday

By Deborah Taylor-French

Find more at Best Mutt in the World: Photo Friday

Should Dogs Be Bred for Beauty?

Praising adorable purebred puppies and dogs puts them into a Miss or Mr. Universe dog show pitting ideal looks, size and breed standards. This kind of cultural dog show thinking causes over-breeding and inbreeding. Several popular dog breeds require all puppies being delivered under surgery at veterinarian hospitals. I think this practice is harmful to dogs. Many purebred puppies die in their first few weeks because of inbreed weaknesses.

Mutt Lovers Unite

Enter My Marvelous Mutt Contest

Dogs live as unique, never to be repeated individuals.

I want a big collection to publish in the next few months. Comment on this post about where you found your mutt and tell me what you love about your dog’s personality.

Do You Have a Mutt Full of Personality?

Do you have one?

  1. In praise of mutts, please send your mutt photograph.
  2. Please tell me your favorite mutt’s name, plus what makes him or her special.
  3. Tell me why your mutt should win a basket of healthy goodies from Dog Leader Mysteries?

So far, Pierson’s mom Dawn has officially entered.

Hey, I'm still hungry.
Pierson, Dawn’s dog as seen on “I lLove Dogs, Dawn’s WordPress blog

1- “Pierson is my mutt.”

2- “I found him at Pierson Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The word was that he had been living there for at least half the month of December and part of January, possibly longer. He had no tags, no microchip, and was full of fleas and ticks. He was also very shy. It took me three days to catch him, but when I did it was the best day ever. He is a fantastic dog and everybody loves him, especially me. ❤”

3- “Why should he get a basket of healthy goodies? Because even though I captured him in a park, he is the one who captured my heart. ❤❤❤”

Go see Pierson on his mom’s American Dog Blog.

Contest is LIMITED to mutts living in the USA.

Nationwide, you and your mutt can make a difference walking for a good cause. Check out how at the Bark Magizine Strut Your Mutt-A Cause to Walk For

Thanks for reading and sharing.

English: This is Allie, She is a 10 weeks old ...
English: This is Allie, She is a 10 weeks old Corgi and Shih Tzu hybrid.. Her mother was a purebred Corgi and her Dad was a purebred Shih Tzu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Smart Thinking Dogs Ride the Metro: Photo Friday

By Deborah Taylor-French Dog Leader Mysteries

Dogs catching rides on subway trains?

I kid you not.

I watched a half a dozen of videos on free roaming dogs in Russia. In the news recording, you will see not one but two trained animal behavior specialists. They believe the free roaming dogs show a lifestyle build on  watching human behavior. The huge numbers of dogs that live shelterless and without a family, have formed groups giving each other mutual help.

These dogs have figured out how to ride trains. Trains to the heart of Moscow where food is more plentiful.

Most of these dogs travel in groups. They appear well-fed. These free roaming dogs show with little or no conflict. They do not show aggression to  each other nor with people. The smartest dogs know where and when to catch trains.

Istanbul street Dog
Istanbul street Dog

In the YouTube video below, dogs work in teams. They board trains together, ride trains to the city center then awaken any napping members in time to exit the underground metro at their usual time and stop.

By their behavior, these dogs go begging together. What’s more, they have watched that tourists, work commuters and city dwellers enjoy feeding small cute dogs. Somehow, the group knows to hang back and send out a smaller dog to beg for larger dogs (who do not receive as many gifts of food).

Russians, Tourists & Scientists Note Smart Thinking in Roaming Dogs

Even riding on crowded trains, the dogs avoid conflict. One has been video recorded letting a woman rest her feet on the resting dog’s ribs. They do not show the worry dogs exhibit as strangers move around the tiny moving train car.

Many pet dogs like our Sydney jump or growl if any of us rest our feet on him. In the car, he won’t let anyone touch his paws.

Free Roaming Dogs Rarely Go Free in the USA

In most of the USA animal control officers hunt stray dogs, put them in shelters, where most wait on death row.

A huge number of volunteers in American rescue as many as they can. The lucky rescued ones receive gentle baths, veterinarian checkups and loving care.

I love this short video of a German Shepherd dog called Barney.

His rescue from death in a shelter by the Westside German Shepherd Rescue lifts my heart. Barney, and other great dogs, wait in foster care. Another reason to adopt, don’t shop. Foster care givers, volunteers and donations welcome.

Thanks to people performing loving acts for homeless hounds.

German Shepherd Dog from 1915
German Shepherd Dog from 1915 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)