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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Christmas to all

It's been a busy month so I have been lax about writing on the blog. We experienced two snowstorms in a row here over the weekend and Waldo is having the time of his life, running around in the big snow drifts.

We are looking forward to a quiet Christmas at our house. Waldo will have a new bully stick to chew on, Peanut the cat will have new catnip, and we will count our blessings that a full year has gone by without any major illnesses - for man nor for beast.

Speaking of blessings and thanks, now is the time of year when we are all feeling a bit more charitable. Please remember the smallest of creatures, who may not have the nice home they once did.

I wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas holiday!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Studies show dogs have sense of fairness

I was smiling today when I came upon this story about a recent study that showed dogs do know when a situation is unfair. Per the article:

Dogs, like people and monkeys, seem to have a sense of fairness.

"Animals react to inequity," said Friederike Range of the University of Vienna, Austria, who lead a team of researchers testing animals at the school's Clever Dog Lab. "To avoid stress, we should try to avoid treating them differently."

When Waldo first joined our home, he was quite an obnoxious pup. He was always muscling in on Watson's space, stealing his toys, eating his treats, etc. I always tried to make sure Watson still knew he was my baby, especially after he got sick. Well, I wasn't always successful. The photo below is one of my absolute favorites. You can see the look on Watson's face (right):

Most certainly there were thoughts of unfairness running through his head.