Amazing Stories on Animal Behavior, One of Two

July 25, 2011 • Daily Email Recap

Today, I am sending two stories on animal behavior.  The first one is found at http://www.usaweekend.com/article/20110701/HOME05/307010003/What-our-pets-think-us

What Out Pets Think of Us

By Steve Dale

July 1-3, 2011-07-03

Thor nibbled on his owner’s ear. The pit bull worked hard to awaken Kemper Hunter and his girlfriend, Sarah Laughlin. Instantly, they understood Thor’s urgency. They desperately attempted to fight the smoke to get to Shelby, their 3-month-old baby, but couldn’t. The fire department arrived to find the panicked couple screaming outside their home, assuming they had lost their baby and their dog in the still-blazing fire.

Just then, they all witnessed Thor pulling the bassinet out the door to safety. Baby and dog were OK.

Last summer, Hunter, who lives in Bristol, Ind., told me, “I’m convinced if it wasn’t for my dog, we would all be dead.” The firefighters agreed.

At one time, scientists believed that dogs responded this way to save themselves, and in the process, they sometimes happened to save human lives. But in this and many other stories like it, the dog clearly risked his life. It appears as if Thor made a conscious decision to seek out and save the baby. How can this behavior be explained?

To read the full article, please click here: http://www.usaweekend.com/article/20110701/HOME05/307010003/What-our-pets-think-us


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