The passage of time seems to work as a filter, removing the sharpness of clarity of both emotion and memory and yet all it takes is but one (perhaps of many) cue to bring that sharpness back into focus. I also suspect that the 'tolerance' of the system is increased with repeated stimuli in the form of positive discussion. Then again, each one of us handles grief and loss in our own unique way and m suppositions may only be applicable to me.
Dogs clearly have feelings... feelings that are purer and run deeper than those of humans. My hypothesis would be one of such a trait arising from centuries of selective breeding (human directed evolution) but with sufficient faculties retained for modification by nurture or abuse. I find your view on your dog's mate's response to be spot on (the capacity to miss a member of the pack would extend to all members of that set).
And though it probably speaks more to my deficiencies in forming human relationships, most of the deepest, most rewarding relationships in my life have been with dogs. Quite rightly, such relationships don't occur with all dogs, only a few. My last transcendent friendship was with a Golden that we lost about two years ago. He and I had reached the point where speech was usually not necessary. He recognized the changes in my breathing patterns and was usually sitting on the floor next to my bed, looking at me when I first opened my eyes. He was, at the end, damn near perfect.
Now, I'm attempting to build a similar bond with a German Shepherd Dog who usually know exactly what I'd like her to do but still gets a look that shows that she's thinking "well, why?". She also has a habit of tilting her head and appearing to be thinking: "What the ****?". She could be the best yet, but it's going to take work and concessions on both our parts.
Thanks for the opportunity for woolgathering.
The politics and social issues, for me at least, are merely something in passing and are of no consequence (nothing that is posted on Sunspot changes anything in the broader sphere). I do enjoy taking a position and then defending it (especially when it involves stripping away symbolism, false appeal to false authority, false appeals to emotion and the myriad other number of logical fallacies that one sees; I am also more than willing to roll around in the mud when such happens). I have yet to find another poster herein for whom I would not be happy to purchase a round for at the pub. I do tend to save the more serious, academic writing for its proper venue in that the citations would generally go unread and the sentence structure that I employ (replete with passive voice) in my academic works might be a bit much here. On certain issues, however, I am more than happy to crack open and cite as many references as needed (a library of hundreds of books and thousands of academic papers tends to help).
Stepping back from the usual rigmarole of the discussion(s) on Nationals helps to bring focus on the actual commonalities that we have irrespective of political persuasion.
Stepping back from the usual rigmarole of the discussion(s) on Nationals helps to bring focus on the actual commonalities that we have irrespective of political persuasion.[/QUOTE]
Hey, isn't that what I said
Sasha, our malamute, was the last of her litter. Even as a 'little' ball of hair she weighed in at a hefty 43 lb. and her forepaws were massive (this is why she was last of her litter). Our 'little' ball of hair grew into a massive 120 lb. adult (barrel chested and all muscle) but she never lost her puppy mannerisms and friendly/gentle disposition towards people. She was a favorite at the vet's office and the entire office, including her primary vet, were in tears on the last day.
What's Godfather's Pizza stand on Obamacare? Maybe we should let the pizza chains determine national healthcare? Oh, the republicans already are.
When it comes to our furry friends I suspect most of us are suckers.
My children are my legacy.
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