Animal studies have shown that dogs (and all animals who experience REM sleep) do, in fact, dream. Following the electrical readings from various areas of the brain, it’s been shown that they often (as do people) dream of the things they experience when they are awake.
I believe that all humans who live with, work with, or dedicate their lives to animals, should do all they can to study those souls, and learn their natures. Yes, it’s very important to know accurate information about health care, nutrition, and the mechanics of training. It’s also important, though, and so enriching, to know the soul of that being. Who did he evolve from, and why is he who he is in modern times? What were his ancestors like? What aspects of his life and behavior can be traced back to the wild creatures in which his DNA took form?
Our animal friends enrich our lives in so many ways. I hope that we can all continue to expand that enrichment, as we open our knowing to the lessons they teach.
This month, I’d like to share an excerpt from Through Their Eyes: The Nature of the Beast
I first encountered the word anthropocentrism when I was beginning to seriously study animal communication.
Modern science is just beginning to scratch the surface of that master of biological mystery, DNA. One thing they do know for a certainty is that the hereditary code that exists in every living cell is as ancient as life on earth. (Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe it’s much older than that. ::smile::) All of our modern domestic animals have within them the genetic programming of their most ancient ancestors.
Do animals have feelings? Do they experience joy, love, grief, fear?
Those of us who have shared our lives with animals, if our eyes are open and our hearts honest, will say, “Yes”.
One of the great joys we receive when we adopt a pet is the incredible privilege of learning all about another species. By educating ourselves as to their needs and behavior, we learn to see the world, just a little bit, though eyes that are not restricted to a human point of view. It is both our job, and our blessing, to learn as much as we can about the animals who share our world.