The length of a dog’s memory

It reaches from the tip of his tail to the very end of time, and back again:

If there’s a lesson in this, it’s that none of us, human, canine, or whatever, is a blank slate; we are the product of what we have done and what has been done to us.

7 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    13 June 2017 · 6:54 am

    “I’m not crying! YOU’RE crying!”

    I was really hoping that was going to finish up with “After the owner made those changes, the dog relaxed and was able to sleep normally” but maybe that kind of betrayal never heals? Yipes.

  2. Holly H »

    13 June 2017 · 8:32 am

    Yes, it drives me mad when people tell me that my cats could care less whether I’m there or not. That is absolute BS. Anyone who doesn’t understand the need for emotional attachment to their pets, should NOT HAVE ANY.

  3. McG »

    13 June 2017 · 9:44 am

    Nice parable. How many people who’ve ever actually tried to pick up a large, sleeping dog without waking it, believe it happened exactly that way?

  4. Francis W. Porretto »

    13 June 2017 · 10:38 am

    Our rescue Sophie, a German Shepherd mix, exhibited similar behavior for months. She was reluctant to let either of us leave the house, because she had been left in the street by her previous family as they drove off to their new home.

    Dogs have longer memories, and more awareness, than most humans realize.

  5. Roger O Green »

    13 June 2017 · 2:14 pm

    McG- I can believe it. I suspect they got some tranquilizers of some sort, slipped the dog in a pen and transported him that way.

  6. CGHill »

    13 June 2017 · 3:14 pm

    ” … she had been left in the street by her previous family.”

    Doc and Judy Mengele and their two and a half kids?

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