"This conversation has gone to shit. If people can't understand that, sometimes, when domestic animals become feral in an environment in which they are a very serious threat to the native wildlife, they need to be culled, then…"
"You have a point. I do think it's possible that cats do some rudimentary reasoning. I'd be interested in seeing some empirical evidence for such reasoning, if it exists. Can you point me to any? After all, it's…"
"As far as can tell, the nearest dog park is hours away by highway. I might try her in one of those once I'm a little more confident about recall with her.
I have a friend who has a dog about her size and a bit older. I take her…"
"Beautiful dog. I still have a lot of work to do with Meeka's response to other dogs. She becomes extremely excited and will to rush at them to try to play. Those are not good manners and, if we had a dog park around here,…"
"The pug, Rocky, that we had before Meeka, was almost fearless. When there was thunder, he had a territorial response. He would face the direction it was coming from and bark at it, advancing a step with each bark.
When we had our first…"
"Meeka spent most of her first year on a short line on a back porch and so had very limited experience of the world. The first time I brought her home, she was fearful of everything. I had to coax her up the steps to our living room,…"
"Hee! That ball was too much temptation. I use a ball chucker and two tennis balls with Meeka. As soon as she's back with one ball, the next one is launched. It tires her relatively quickly and she loves it."
"My dog, Meeka, is a rescue, too. I'm told that she's a German Shepherd and Shar Pei cross. She looks a lot more shepherd, though. She has chased a few rabbits but is especially interested in mice and has actually caught…"
"The article doesn't mention human intervention in breeding as a mechanism of evolution, neither including it nor excluding it.
From the article: "Nature" in this sense refers to an ecosystem, that is, a system in which organisms…"
"Oh, it's definitely evolution. It's not by means of natural selection but it is "change across successive generations in the inherited characteristics of biological populations". By definition, it's…"
"People, can't aren't freethinkers; they're not thinkers. They're generally more independent than dogs purely through an accident of evolution.
Some here have been describing dogs as "codependent" (hey, the…"
"You (as well as pretty much everyone else here) realize, I hope, that neither species exhibits freethought because they don't actually do much in the way of thinking, free or otherwise. They respond instinctively. (Mind you, so do…"
"A friend of mine took his family fishing by the river. Their little daughter fell in and their golden retriever jumped in and fished her out. Cats do seem less likely to save you in such a situation.
There have been cats in my life…"
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