"Seriously? She understands 'hot' and 'cold'?" "Oh, yes," said John.
I distinctly got the sense that she was thinking, and not just reacting.
I would be so please, if I come back and am re-incarnated as a dog.
Dogs are some of the best people I know!
God bless dogs for their ability to love and to forgive!!!!!!!
After a few million years, dogs have found a way to cope with us in our world. We are too dumb to exist in their world.
Still a shame to see millions of dogs and other pets destroyed each year. It is way past time for some federal action that establishes a goal of never kill pet animals. It may even need to teach pet owners on how to care and maintain their pets as a requirement to owning.
Anyone who has even been a good dog owner knows how much a dog's presence is to their lives.
My little Shiatsu/Yorkie (Shorkie) does everything this dog does except since he ways shorter cant get things up as high. But my dog tell me when to play fetch and bring me what toy he want to use. He remembers all his toys by different names. He can also find new objects by remembering names of other ones. This is very easy to teach any dog. Just most owners are retards. Nothing special here.
yeah buckwell my mom's shihtzu does the same. you should reread though if that's what you got out of the story.
I had a Border Collie who I taught to chase crows on the command "crows". She never caught one - they were far to aware for that. But one consequence was that if she saw a kite being flown she was off in pursuit and once she sunk her teeth into one that had come down. Fortunately there weren't too many kites where we lived and if they were flying she'd just stand beneath them and bark. If I noticed a kite before she did I could stop her with a "no". One Sunday morning we were out on Garth Hill just north of Cardiff and I'd noticed three people dressed in rather strange garb at the summit. The dog and I walked along the ridge for half a mile or so and when we turned, I saw back at the summit one of the three throw what looked like a cloud of dust into the air. And that's what it was - they were spreading the ashes of a cremated friend. Had I not been able to grab the dog's collar in time I'd have been one very embarrassed person.
As for the story about Chaser, I guess with dogs, like humans, there are bright ones and the odd genius.
I absolutely loved this story! I am the author of a series of books on inspiring stories and would be keen to speak to the Pilleys about including a Chaser story in one of my anthologies. You can learn more about my project at: www.tales2inspire.com and either write the story yourself (to enter it into a competition where winners get lots of platform building opportunities), or simple let me interview you and write the story.
My e-mail address is: tales2Inspire@optimum.net.
I hope to hear from you.
Lois W. Stern
Border collies are amazing! I had one, Jess, for 17 years. She knew the difference between "front door", "back door", and "kitchen door", as well as the names of rooms, "living room" , "kitchen", "porch", and would go to the proper place when asked to do so. I always believed she could think and make some logical assumptions (the New Balance story seemed right on to me).
She has been gone for 8 years now, and I still miss her.
Thanks for a wonderful story about an incredible dog.
What a wonderful story! We had an Australian shepherd, an almost identical breed to border collies, and at times I thought she was smarter than I was. Other breeds can learn large numbers of human words -- we had a golden retriever who knew the names of several dozen toys, and would unerringly go get the correct one out of his toy basket. And he could also find hidden objects. In fact, his favorite version of the game began with him closed in a closet while we noisily stomped around the house before hiding the toy (usually a rubber ball with a jingle bell inside, called Bell Ball) somewhere. He would excitedly run around the house, sniffing all the while, and invariably find it within a couple of minutes, based presumably on his interpretation of our noisy stomping around and his nose, which is much better than a herding dog's nose, thought not on a par with a beagle's or a bloodhound's. If we put it someplace too easy, he would pretend not to see it, just to keep the game going. The New Balance story is remarkable indeed.
The important thing in considering dogs' intelligence, and probably other higher mammals' as well, is not to try to quantify it in human terms but consider it in its entirety, including the sometimes astounding things that they can do far better than we can.
OH MY GOD.
Only Jesus Christ knows how the dog is so smart.