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Weekly Dog Blog: Return

March 31, 2016 - 22:23 -- Admin

The dog blogs have not been happening recently. The is not that Dexter and Hannah have been getting out, or – heaven forbid – there was a shortage of photos. The reason for inertia in the universe probably is most related to size and the mass of the bodies. I have no idea if it is true but  I suppose that energy forms at the sub-atomic level are not inert.

Dexter and Hannah seem to enjoy getting out and about. The good thing about an extra long video of photos, and that just happened, is that in this case it provides the opportunity to listen to Johann Strauss’ “The Blue Danube”:

It will be no news to report that dogs seem to read our body language, and seem to get what we are saying. The latter communication it is claimed can be improved by selecting the most appropriate ear. According to Michaleen Doucleff reporting for NPR:

“Tell all the emotional things to the dog in his left ear,” Andics says. “For commands that you want a dog to get clearly and precisely, tell them in right ear.”

And then there is the question as to whether dogs have mirror neurons. Adam Miklosi suggests in Scientific American:

The short answer is that dogs very likely possess mirror neurons, but we have no concrete proof just yet. Neuroscientist Giacomo Rizzolatti of the University of Parma in Italy and his colleagues discovered mirror neurons by accident during the 1990s, when they were studying motor neurons in rhesus monkeys. Rizzolatti and his co-workers found that certain neurons in the frontal and parietal cortex became active both when a monkey watched another monkey take food and when the monkey grabbed the food itself. They adopted the term “mirror neuron” to reflect the fact that these neurons fire in patterns that mimic others’ actions.

By the by, I seem to have remembered hearing “A Prairie Home Companion” some time ago, but I had not realized that Garrison Kellor could sing: