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By Wade Rouse

An anthology of bark-out-loud unique essays approximately canine from a few of today's most well-liked writers.

Critically acclaimed memoirist Wade Rouse has accrued a few of America's top identified humorists-authors, comedians, and actors-to supply biting statement on what it ability to proportion a existence, and a center, with a puppy. From combating for mattress house to attempting to remodel a pampered NYC domestic dog right into a Texas rawhide, and from aiding a take care of rescue navigate via her new lifestyles to studying puppy run dynamics (and politics), being a dogs significant other has demanding situations as tricky as any agility path, yet laughter is simply a tail-wag away. This assortment gains uncanny perception and witty prose from...

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These rats, reliably like lab rats before them, quickly learned the association. They raced over to the food-dispensing lever only when the good-harbinger sound appeared, like young children rallied by the jingle of an ice-cream truck. All of the rats learned this easily. But when the rats were played a new sound, one between the two learned pitches, what the researchers found was that the rats’ environment mattered. Those who had been housed in a predictable environment interpreted the new sound to mean food; those in unstable environments did not.

Second, how does the animal act on the world? The tick mates, waits, drops, and feeds. So the objects of the universe, for the tick, are divided into ticks and non-ticks; things one can or cannot wait upon; surfaces one might or might not drop onto; and substances one may or may not want to feed on. Thus, these two components—perception and action—largely define and circumscribe the world for every living thing. All animals have their own umwelten—their own subjective realities, what von Uexküll thought of as “soap bubbles” with them forever caught in the middle.

When I began watching the videos in extremely slow-motion playback, I saw behaviors I had never seen in years of living with dogs. Examined closely, simple play frolicking between two dogs became a dizzying series of synchronous behaviors, active role swapping, variations on communicative displays, flexible adaptation to others’ attention, and rapid movement between highly diverse play acts. What I was seeing were snapshots of the minds of the dogs, visible in the ways they communicated with each other and tried to communicate with the people around them—and, too, in the way they interpreted other dogs’ and people’s actions.

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