The question calls to mind cyberneticist Stafford Beer, writing in a 1970s edition of New Scientist “Man: ‘Hello, my boy. And what is your dog’s name?’ Boy: ‘I don’t know. We call him Rover.’”
The boy’s reply reveals his belief that his dog has a mental image of itself (which he assumes to include a name), but at the same time confesses his inability to penetrate the dog’s psyche. And he’s right: the short but unsatisfying answer to the question above is that we don’t know what goes on in a dog’s mind.
Between two and 16 weeks old, puppies learn the social rules that shape lifelong behaviour. (...) In dogs, this same confusion can be seen in the way dogs direct social dominance and play behaviours toward humans—in effect, treating people as if they were dogs. Likewise, livestock-guarding dogs, such as those protecting sheep, are trained for their jobs by removing them from their mothers at just a few weeks of age and allowing them to grow up with sheep as their companions. The sheep are then forever recognised as family and are socialised with and protected as such.
After 16 weeks, this period of rapid learning and adaptation ends, and the social skills the dog has are pretty much set for life. This is why it is so important for puppies to have intimate contact with people from the time they are born. Traditionally, we adopt pet dogs when they are eight or nine weeks old, right in the middle of this period of social development, and proceed to lavish them with attention and experience through to the end of that 16-week period. The result is that the dog in the question above sees nothing at all odd about her tall, hairless pack-mates.
I was also going crazy trying to find a good AND normal Tabule Salad recipe. It’s incredible how people manage to ruin perfectly good dishes by adding all sorts of ingredients that only complicate and mess up recipes! (Cucumbers, for crying out loud?)
Thought I’d share this wonderful Lebanese salad. It’s great for summer days, a light dish for either lunch or dinner, low on calories and cholesterol, incredibly tasty and great to take to parties (people LOVE it!).
Tabule (Arabic Salad)
1/2 cup fine bulgur wheat (cracked wheat)
2-3 large ripe diced tomatoes
4 bunches of chopped parsley
1 bunch of chopped green onions
1/2 bunch of chopped fresh mint or 3 tablespoons dried mint
1/2 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
3 lemons, juice of
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
- Soak bulgur (cracked wheat) in water and drain.
- Place bulgur in a large bowl and add juice of one lemon to bulgur and mix. Leave bulgur sitting until water and lemon juice is absorbed (around 45 minutes).
- Add all remaining ingredients to bulgur and mix well. Add more lemon juice or salt if desired.
- Serve over fresh lettuce leaves.
So, what’s been on your mind today? Anything goes. *g*
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