Pets are people too

Oh, I know,  a lot of you will argue that point with me.  And technically, pets aren’t people.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t love them and want to make them happy.  And yes, you can make your pets happy.  When I hear people say that animals don’t experience emotions, I just want to shake them and yell, “Are you kidding me?  Have you ever seen an animal so scared that it’s just shaking?  Or so excited to see you that it’s jumping with joy, hugging you and giving you sloppy kisses?  Or depressed because its person or best animal friend has died?” 

I know I enjoy watching Spooky run around the house all happy and excited because I’ve come home…maybe she can’t smile with her mouth, but she definitely smiles with her actions.  Then there are the times she’ll come up out of a deep sleep, tense and growling…yes, growling.  Invariably, when I get up to see what’s wrong, there’s someone outside.  I don’t know if she senses danger or if she just doesn’t like strangers running around.  Whatever, she’s my little security system.

Then there are the infrequent occasions when I’m upset and crying…she’s right there with me, whimpering sympathetically and cuddling as close to me as she can.  I honestly believe she understands that I’m upset and wants to offer me what comfort she can.

I remember a college professor telling us that animals don’t have personalities.  When some of the students argued with him, asking him if he’d ever had a pet, he said that he had not, but that he’d been around plenty of lab animals…What?  How can you judge the personality of a cherished pet by observing an animal that is held captive and tortured?

Anyhow, I have had plenty of pets over the years.  They’ve all had very distinct personalities and I wouldn’t believe anyone who tried to tell me that I was mistaken about that.

I’m not really sure what’s going on here, but I think Spook was simply trying to torment Goldi…

8 Responses

  1. Right now I’m thinking it’s pretty funny we both wrote posts about pets today. Was what the professor said within a context of any kind? I’m just curious. It’s hard for me to believe anyone would actually believe that.

    • It was a psychology class…talking about human personality, he said that humans are the only “animal” that possess personalities…when someone brought up pets, he was adamant that no other animal has a personality…since he had never had a pet, I didn’t put much stock in what he had to say in that regard. Just because someone is a professor doesn’t mean he knows everything…experience and common sense count for a lot in life.

      It is pretty funny that we both posted about pets today…great minds and all that, I guess.

  2. Love your little buddies. I’ve never had a pet without personality.

  3. It called anthropomorphism. When you attribute human emotion to animals. Walt Disney was pretty good at this. What I think they mean is for example “love” is an emmotion we have tied to the word “love”. An animal does not have this vocabulary therefore can not experience “love” as we define it. That’s just my guess.

    I have pets that I love! I have also worked with lab animals that I loved as well. I am pretty sure they loved me too. 🙂

    • I don’t really know what the professor meant…I think he just had a lot of book learning about animals and very little actual experience with animals that weren’t caged their entire lives. I know my animal buddies love me.

  4. lol. I have to agree so much. Every four legged member of our house has personality and knows how to play different people for different things, and get what they want.

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