When Sampson was a tiny puppy, I read an article that said dogs don’t have a memory.
I remember thinking, well, that’s a bunch of shit, if they can’t remember anything, how can this dog be playing with a toy, go outside for two hours, and come back in and go straight for the toy?
I also recall an article that said pets don’t experience human emotions. I believe the specific emotion was jealousy.
And again I thought, that’s also a bunch of shit. If you’ve ever seen Delilah when Hubby comes home and is a lovin’ on Sampson, you’d know that dogs, do in fact, have feelings of jealousy.
I’m not good at reading my dogs when they are sad, or perhaps depressed. (Although, I could definitely tell Sampson wasn’t too happy during his confinement for CCL surgery.) But I can definitely tell when my dogs are happy.
Delilah is like Tigger when she is happy. She bounces, jumps and runs around like a maniac. Wednesday, Sampson had a vet appointment, when I got home, I brought him in, and harnessed Delilah up for her walk. She ran to the door and jumped around like a lunatic, because she was so excited, she thought she was going in the car.
Sampson on the other paw, can’t jump around like that. He shows his happiness and excitement in different ways.
One of the ways is something we call, swimming. That’s where he lies on his side, and puts his paws up over his head and pulls them down. He repeats this a number of times. For some reason, he always does this on the seam of the carpet, so guess what? Yup, my carpet is trashed. He usually does his swimming, just after he eats, and just after I put his harness and flea/tick spray on.
If he’s not swimming, the other way to know he’s happy is when he lies on his back against the couch.
It always makes me smile when I see him like this.
Or like this.
How does your pet let you know they’re happy?
Tomorrow this special boy turns 14, come back for his birthday post.