Dogs yawn when they hear people yawn – suggesting they empathize with humans

In line with the mission of the One Language Project, here is the link to today’s Washington Post article.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/dogs-yawn-when-they-hear-people-yawn-suggesting-they-empathize-with-humans/2012/05/14/gIQAz9EcPU_story.html

…and two photos of Gretta, whose owner told me that she rescued her from a puppy mill breeder, and that she hadn’t been adopted because of her wandering eye.

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Gretta photo: Miranda Loud

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Gretta photo: Miranda Loud

…and Diesel, whose owner told me that the bond between them was so strong, that Diesel wouldn’t let anyone else care for him.

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Diesel photo: copyright Miranda Loud

…and this

TEN FAVORS A DOG ASKS FROM A MAN

1) My life lasts between ten to fifteen years. Every separation from you means suffering for me. Think about this before you decide whether or not to take me!

2) Give me time to understand what you are asking from me.

3) Instill confidence in me – I thrive on it!

4) Do not be angry with me for a long time and do not lock me up for punishment! You have your work, your pleasure, your joy – I have only you.

5) Talk often to me! Even if I do not understand you completely, I do understand the tone of your voice when you talk to me.

6) Know that, no matter how I am being treated, I shall never forget it!

7) Keep in mind, before you hit me , that my jaws could crush the knuckles of your hand with ease, but that I do not make use of them.

8) Before you scold me when working with me, consider: perhaps I am uncomfortable from digesting my last meal; perhaps I was exposed to the sun too long; or perhaps I have a worn-out heart.

9) Take care of me when I am old — you too are going to be old one day.

10) Be with me when my going gets rough. Everything is easier for me when you are beside me.

About naturestage

Miranda Loud is the Founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit NatureStage based in Waltham, MA, and is an interdisciplinary artist - classical singer/organist/filmmaker/photographer and environmentalist. She writes about the vital need for education to include a more heart-centered approach to studying other species that leads to a sense of stewardship. Naturestage creates works that foster empathy and kinship with other species, using the emotional power of storytelling in different art forms, mainly film, photography and music. She is also a public speaker on art and social change. Her current projects include The One Language Project, Park Dreams, The Elephant Project, and Elephantasia which all use different art forms to encourage a mind shift in how we relate to other species by asking "How would the world be different if we viewed other species as someones instead of somethings? If, instead of drawing lines, we drew circles?"
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