Dog morality

Maybe there is something to the Mowgli/Romulus/Remus legend. SeeFemale dog rescues abandoned baby, takes child with her puppies:

A female dog found an abandoned newborn baby girl early Thursday and took the child home with her puppies in a poor suburb of the Argentine city of La Plata, local media reported citing police sources.

The owner of the dog reportedly noticed the baby hours later, when he heard her cry. The man immediately called the police, and the newborn was taken to a hospital in La Plata.
The dog, called China, reportedly found the baby in a barren lot in the neighbourhood of Abasto. Guided by her instinct, she took the girl with her puppies and kept her warm in the Argentine winter.

Couple this with new studies that show what we all knew already, that humans and dogs do communicate with each other–we can correctly interpret what the different barks mean, from happy barks to angry barks–and that, according to this article, “Dogs are becoming more intelligent and are even learning morals from human contact.”

So I guess this opens up a thread for dog stories. Do any of you have any examples and personal experiences of this sort of thing with your dog? And do attributes such as dog intelligence, dog communication, and dog morals pose any theological difficulties?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    All our family dogs which I have experienced were born sinful and disobedient! But with training we can get them to hide their rebellious nature fairly well, but they still die even though we teach them a system of works righteousness through obedience to their masters. Poor dogs!

  • Bryan Lindemood

    All our family dogs which I have experienced were born sinful and disobedient! But with training we can get them to hide their rebellious nature fairly well, but they still die even though we teach them a system of works righteousness through obedience to their masters. Poor dogs!

  • Bruce

    Oh, that’s funny, Bryan!

    Cesar the Dog Whisperer wisely reminds us, over and over again, that dogs are not humans. We humans keep wanting to interact with them in these terms, even expecting them to learn human morals. Poppycock. Of course, since Another Kerner kindly bestowed one of her giant German Shepherds on us, I’ve become known in the fam as Alpha Dog. And as such, I’ve learned that these smart animals will try any stunt that enters their brains to challenge the authority of the ADs. It is like having a boy-child around, permanently stuck at age sixteen.

  • Bruce

    Oh, that’s funny, Bryan!

    Cesar the Dog Whisperer wisely reminds us, over and over again, that dogs are not humans. We humans keep wanting to interact with them in these terms, even expecting them to learn human morals. Poppycock. Of course, since Another Kerner kindly bestowed one of her giant German Shepherds on us, I’ve become known in the fam as Alpha Dog. And as such, I’ve learned that these smart animals will try any stunt that enters their brains to challenge the authority of the ADs. It is like having a boy-child around, permanently stuck at age sixteen.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    My dog knows what she ought to do and ought not to do, and has the ‘wisdom’ to not do the ought-nots in my presence, but lacks the guile to deny when suspected.
    And, given opportunity, she repeats the shameful act (eating food from the cat’s dish) again and again.
    Wretched dog that she is! All I can do is forgive her when she hangs her head and pleads with her eyes.
    If only my kids had owned their guilt as transparently. A little show of shame, and I’m all about forgiveness.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    My dog knows what she ought to do and ought not to do, and has the ‘wisdom’ to not do the ought-nots in my presence, but lacks the guile to deny when suspected.
    And, given opportunity, she repeats the shameful act (eating food from the cat’s dish) again and again.
    Wretched dog that she is! All I can do is forgive her when she hangs her head and pleads with her eyes.
    If only my kids had owned their guilt as transparently. A little show of shame, and I’m all about forgiveness.

  • http://rasburrysres.blogspot.com RAsburry

    Dr. Veith,

    You asked for more “dog stories.” Ironically enough, I just posted this one on my blog the other day: http://rasburrysres.blogspot.com/2008/08/tale-of-two-bones-and-sinner-dogs.html

  • http://rasburrysres.blogspot.com RAsburry

    Dr. Veith,

    You asked for more “dog stories.” Ironically enough, I just posted this one on my blog the other day: http://rasburrysres.blogspot.com/2008/08/tale-of-two-bones-and-sinner-dogs.html

  • http://www.rebelliouspastorswife.blogspot.com Rebellious Pastor’s Wife

    Do these journalists ever read history or literature? There are stories all over the place like this….and the fact that they happen in literature tells us that this might not be a new thing….look at Jungle Book — Mowgli being taken in by wolves. What about Romulus and Remus, being suckled by a she-wolf? Those are just two examples. And these weren’t tame dogs.

    I know my dogs are caring, loving, and endearing (and mischievous and sinful.) They clearly have emotions and they clearly have a type of intelligence.

    Dogs are not moral….but they are designed to be protective — more so than many creatures. And it doesn’t surprise me that a dog with a litter would have the instinct to care for a crying baby in need.

    And I don’t doubt the human inclination to credit the dog with being a better “person” than the child’s mother was.

  • http://www.rebelliouspastorswife.blogspot.com Rebellious Pastor’s Wife

    Do these journalists ever read history or literature? There are stories all over the place like this….and the fact that they happen in literature tells us that this might not be a new thing….look at Jungle Book — Mowgli being taken in by wolves. What about Romulus and Remus, being suckled by a she-wolf? Those are just two examples. And these weren’t tame dogs.

    I know my dogs are caring, loving, and endearing (and mischievous and sinful.) They clearly have emotions and they clearly have a type of intelligence.

    Dogs are not moral….but they are designed to be protective — more so than many creatures. And it doesn’t surprise me that a dog with a litter would have the instinct to care for a crying baby in need.

    And I don’t doubt the human inclination to credit the dog with being a better “person” than the child’s mother was.

  • Another Kerner

    Ah, the most wonderful dog on Planet Earth, the German Shepherd Dog, is the intellect of the canine world.

    He is versatile; he can leap out of military air craft with his trainer and/or become a therapy dog for the aged and infirm.

    He cannot sin.
    But the dog is not without guile.

    He can be counted on to do “dog stuff” and to act consistently with canine behavior.
    He is a pack animal…….and any breed of dog must be viewed as “the wolf in your living room.”

    No anthropomorphism allowed.

    He should exhibit health, beauty, trainability, stamina and character.
    The German Shepherd Dog is the perfect athlete, with a strong territorial priority.
    His character is fearless, he is aloof and slow to make friends with strangers.
    He is devoted to his family, loyal and protective of those he loves.

    He likes to herd sheep……… *and* people when he is guarding and watching the youngsters in his “pack” family play.

    Dogs do not feel “guilty” about being a dog and doing “dog stuff”.
    They *do* react and act submissive when scolded by their Alpha leader.

    And German Shepherd Dogs will sometimes outwit their owners.
    Check that out with Bruce when it is bath time for his darling Anke. :-)

    Will my dog go to Heaven?

    When I am asked this question and feeling just a wee bit mischievous, I sometimes respond:

    “Will you be Heaven to play and romp with your dog?
    Do *you* know how to get there?”

    When answering to someone who is grieving the loss of their beloved dog, I recite the Scripture which seems germane to the question.

    Scripture tells us in the Book of Job: “(God)…….. in whose hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of all mankind……”

    I am comforted in knowing only that Almighty God will do that which is right.

    The dog can teach us much.
    “But ask now the beasts and they shall teach thee….” Job 12:7

    “The righteous man hath regard for the life of his beast.”
    Proverbs 12:10

    I believe that the Lord gave us a beautiful gift when he gave us the dog to be our friend.

    As Sir Walter Scott remarked:

    “Recollect that the Almighty, who gave us the dog to be companion of our pleasures and toils, hath invested him with a nature noble…..”

  • Another Kerner

    Ah, the most wonderful dog on Planet Earth, the German Shepherd Dog, is the intellect of the canine world.

    He is versatile; he can leap out of military air craft with his trainer and/or become a therapy dog for the aged and infirm.

    He cannot sin.
    But the dog is not without guile.

    He can be counted on to do “dog stuff” and to act consistently with canine behavior.
    He is a pack animal…….and any breed of dog must be viewed as “the wolf in your living room.”

    No anthropomorphism allowed.

    He should exhibit health, beauty, trainability, stamina and character.
    The German Shepherd Dog is the perfect athlete, with a strong territorial priority.
    His character is fearless, he is aloof and slow to make friends with strangers.
    He is devoted to his family, loyal and protective of those he loves.

    He likes to herd sheep……… *and* people when he is guarding and watching the youngsters in his “pack” family play.

    Dogs do not feel “guilty” about being a dog and doing “dog stuff”.
    They *do* react and act submissive when scolded by their Alpha leader.

    And German Shepherd Dogs will sometimes outwit their owners.
    Check that out with Bruce when it is bath time for his darling Anke. :-)

    Will my dog go to Heaven?

    When I am asked this question and feeling just a wee bit mischievous, I sometimes respond:

    “Will you be Heaven to play and romp with your dog?
    Do *you* know how to get there?”

    When answering to someone who is grieving the loss of their beloved dog, I recite the Scripture which seems germane to the question.

    Scripture tells us in the Book of Job: “(God)…….. in whose hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of all mankind……”

    I am comforted in knowing only that Almighty God will do that which is right.

    The dog can teach us much.
    “But ask now the beasts and they shall teach thee….” Job 12:7

    “The righteous man hath regard for the life of his beast.”
    Proverbs 12:10

    I believe that the Lord gave us a beautiful gift when he gave us the dog to be our friend.

    As Sir Walter Scott remarked:

    “Recollect that the Almighty, who gave us the dog to be companion of our pleasures and toils, hath invested him with a nature noble…..”

  • Anon

    We had a collie once who, as a puppy, when we left the house, tore open the softener salt bag and made a mess. When we got back, he had covered the pile of softener salt with the rug.

    Very ineffective, and I’m not sure how to understand it, but it sure looks like an awareness of wrongdoing and shame.

  • Anon

    We had a collie once who, as a puppy, when we left the house, tore open the softener salt bag and made a mess. When we got back, he had covered the pile of softener salt with the rug.

    Very ineffective, and I’m not sure how to understand it, but it sure looks like an awareness of wrongdoing and shame.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    Oh, I love this thread. I hope more people share their stories. I don’t have time to read it all right now, but I just wanted to comment on the sinful nature of dogs. That was an interesting “discovery” for me with our now 2 year old black lab, Kirby, so I am glad to read about others with that insight. Just like a toddler (or teenager), our dog sometimes gets that twinkle in his eye and does something he KNOWS is naughty just to get a reaction from us. Thankfully, it happens less now that he is more grown up.

    And I absolutely love Cesar Milan! His insights on animals, children, cats and being a “pack leader” are darn near biblical. Of course, he throws in just enough “positive energy” lingo to annoy me, but I understand what he means (just presenting yourself as confident and as in charge).

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    Oh, I love this thread. I hope more people share their stories. I don’t have time to read it all right now, but I just wanted to comment on the sinful nature of dogs. That was an interesting “discovery” for me with our now 2 year old black lab, Kirby, so I am glad to read about others with that insight. Just like a toddler (or teenager), our dog sometimes gets that twinkle in his eye and does something he KNOWS is naughty just to get a reaction from us. Thankfully, it happens less now that he is more grown up.

    And I absolutely love Cesar Milan! His insights on animals, children, cats and being a “pack leader” are darn near biblical. Of course, he throws in just enough “positive energy” lingo to annoy me, but I understand what he means (just presenting yourself as confident and as in charge).

  • Another Kerner

    Addendum.

    Dogs cannot sin.
    They are canines, following instinct which is in the DNA.

    They *do* respond to their owner’s admonitions by acting submissive when scolded.

    We sometimes want to mistake that for “guilt feelings” on the dog’s part.

    They *do* understand what behavior is unacceptable or acceptable to their owners because the “pack leader” human being owner determines which behavior is “good’ or “bad”.

    It is a matter of training and instincts.

    Instinct can be most readily observed when a good nurturing bitch is in whelp and about to deliver her puppies.

    She “nests” for a week or so prenatal, then generally stops eating for 5-7 days prior to labor.
    Her body temperature drops to one to two degrees below normal.

    She labors and scratches a nest, delivers the whelp, breaks the sack, bites the cord, eats the placenta (full of necessary hormones), nestles the pup to her side to suckle, cleans it completely, licks the pup’s genitalia to stimulate elimination because it cannot eliminate without stimulation or control its own body temperature yet and then she awaits the next whelp.

    If she has an average size litter (6-8 for a German Shepherd), she follows the same routine for all the puppies.

    She will not willing leave the pups for almost a week and will not begin eating regularly again for sometimes as long as ten days after delivery.

    Sometimes she rejects a puppy because she seems to know something about that I don’t know. She will push it off into the corner of the whelping box and not let it nurse.

    This she does without any lessons or instruction or information provided by anyone or anything.

    God made her that way.

  • Another Kerner

    Addendum.

    Dogs cannot sin.
    They are canines, following instinct which is in the DNA.

    They *do* respond to their owner’s admonitions by acting submissive when scolded.

    We sometimes want to mistake that for “guilt feelings” on the dog’s part.

    They *do* understand what behavior is unacceptable or acceptable to their owners because the “pack leader” human being owner determines which behavior is “good’ or “bad”.

    It is a matter of training and instincts.

    Instinct can be most readily observed when a good nurturing bitch is in whelp and about to deliver her puppies.

    She “nests” for a week or so prenatal, then generally stops eating for 5-7 days prior to labor.
    Her body temperature drops to one to two degrees below normal.

    She labors and scratches a nest, delivers the whelp, breaks the sack, bites the cord, eats the placenta (full of necessary hormones), nestles the pup to her side to suckle, cleans it completely, licks the pup’s genitalia to stimulate elimination because it cannot eliminate without stimulation or control its own body temperature yet and then she awaits the next whelp.

    If she has an average size litter (6-8 for a German Shepherd), she follows the same routine for all the puppies.

    She will not willing leave the pups for almost a week and will not begin eating regularly again for sometimes as long as ten days after delivery.

    Sometimes she rejects a puppy because she seems to know something about that I don’t know. She will push it off into the corner of the whelping box and not let it nurse.

    This she does without any lessons or instruction or information provided by anyone or anything.

    God made her that way.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    RE: Dogs cannot sin. They are canines, following instinct which is in the DNA.

    Perhaps I should have said that dogs are indeed part of a fallen creation and are, therefore, in sin. Examples of their sin are the urge to kill other animals; it is my understanding that was not part of God’s original creation.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    RE: Dogs cannot sin. They are canines, following instinct which is in the DNA.

    Perhaps I should have said that dogs are indeed part of a fallen creation and are, therefore, in sin. Examples of their sin are the urge to kill other animals; it is my understanding that was not part of God’s original creation.

  • Another Kerner

    Theresa….

    We are agreed that Scripture tells us that all of creation groans in this fallen world. (Romans Chapter 1)

    It is my understanding that some animals kill in order to eat, but obviously not all are carnivores: some just graze the grasslands.

    I don’t think we can call the animal’s urge to kill in order to eat and stay alive a sin.

    That would make cows and rabbits less sinful than lions and wolves, wouldn’t it?
    :-)

  • Another Kerner

    Theresa….

    We are agreed that Scripture tells us that all of creation groans in this fallen world. (Romans Chapter 1)

    It is my understanding that some animals kill in order to eat, but obviously not all are carnivores: some just graze the grasslands.

    I don’t think we can call the animal’s urge to kill in order to eat and stay alive a sin.

    That would make cows and rabbits less sinful than lions and wolves, wouldn’t it?
    :-)

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    Another Kerner – God hasn’t given us the specifics of who ate whom in the garden! :)

    I found this on the WELS Q&A site. It speaks of animals in a fallen state:

    “Genesis 1:30 clearly states the “menu” for animals in the perfect world of creation: “‘ And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground–everything that has the breath of life in it–I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so.”

    Therefore we can say with biblical certainty that there were no meat eaters at the very beginning. There was no death either. The perfect creation was a perfect harmony. Humans and animals, including dinosaurs, lived in harmony. All of creation lived joyfully in accord with the Creator’s will and according to his governance. The prophet Isaiah even uses this amazing reality of the harmony in the original creation to point his readers ahead to the joy and happiness of heaven. (See Isaiah 65:25)

    Yet we also know from Scripture that sin and death soon entered the world with the fall of mankind into sin. (See Genesis 3) Death came through sin (Romans 5:12), and the whole creation was impacted and infected with sin (see Romans 8:19ff).”

    Read further

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    Another Kerner – God hasn’t given us the specifics of who ate whom in the garden! :)

    I found this on the WELS Q&A site. It speaks of animals in a fallen state:

    “Genesis 1:30 clearly states the “menu” for animals in the perfect world of creation: “‘ And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground–everything that has the breath of life in it–I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so.”

    Therefore we can say with biblical certainty that there were no meat eaters at the very beginning. There was no death either. The perfect creation was a perfect harmony. Humans and animals, including dinosaurs, lived in harmony. All of creation lived joyfully in accord with the Creator’s will and according to his governance. The prophet Isaiah even uses this amazing reality of the harmony in the original creation to point his readers ahead to the joy and happiness of heaven. (See Isaiah 65:25)

    Yet we also know from Scripture that sin and death soon entered the world with the fall of mankind into sin. (See Genesis 3) Death came through sin (Romans 5:12), and the whole creation was impacted and infected with sin (see Romans 8:19ff).”

    Read further

  • Anon

    Another Kerner,
    Instinct is in the DNA? Really? Can you tell me the sites where it is coded for? This is quite a remarkable advance. You should get the Nobel in biochemistry!

    The Bible tells us that such animals have souls (not human souls, not made in the Image of God, but souls nonetheless).

    Do you believe that one third of the angelic host fell? They aren’t humans, but are intelligent creatures.

  • Anon

    Another Kerner,
    Instinct is in the DNA? Really? Can you tell me the sites where it is coded for? This is quite a remarkable advance. You should get the Nobel in biochemistry!

    The Bible tells us that such animals have souls (not human souls, not made in the Image of God, but souls nonetheless).

    Do you believe that one third of the angelic host fell? They aren’t humans, but are intelligent creatures.

  • Richard Wohlers

    Our family loves dogs, perhaps not all of them but most of them. Souls? Don’t know of any Scripture that speaks to this question in a definitive fashion. Morals? They are animals that can be trained to perform acts and manifest attitudes in conformity with standards of morality set by God. As to whether or not they are truly conscious of the exercising of a will in response to their gracious Creator, I kind rather doubt it. But then neither did I until He came to me in my Baptism. Go to Heaven? I believe that we allow ourselves to become distracted from the central phenomena, the one gigantic issue that truly makes Heaven to be what it is, namely, the presence of Christ. Read all of Psalm 16, especially verse 11 which alerts us to the fact that joys and pleasures fill us in the presence of Christ. So then, from my perspective, what makes heaven truly HEAVEN, is not what’s there so much as WHO is there. In my weaker moments, I might be tempted with a good prime rib, a fine shotgun, and the pitching arm of Nolan Ryan. But then again, I remind myself that the ONE there created the earth, had the idea of a gift of a loving wife, sunsets, fishing lakes, the Grand Canyon, and brought into my sin sickened life a Redeemer, a Healer, and clarified for me once and for all just what true LOVE is, namely He loved me while I was yet His enemy before my Baptism. Not a bad fellow to be around don’t you think. I could take that! Maybe even more important than dogs. But, if HE wants Rover to be there OK too!!

  • Richard Wohlers

    Our family loves dogs, perhaps not all of them but most of them. Souls? Don’t know of any Scripture that speaks to this question in a definitive fashion. Morals? They are animals that can be trained to perform acts and manifest attitudes in conformity with standards of morality set by God. As to whether or not they are truly conscious of the exercising of a will in response to their gracious Creator, I kind rather doubt it. But then neither did I until He came to me in my Baptism. Go to Heaven? I believe that we allow ourselves to become distracted from the central phenomena, the one gigantic issue that truly makes Heaven to be what it is, namely, the presence of Christ. Read all of Psalm 16, especially verse 11 which alerts us to the fact that joys and pleasures fill us in the presence of Christ. So then, from my perspective, what makes heaven truly HEAVEN, is not what’s there so much as WHO is there. In my weaker moments, I might be tempted with a good prime rib, a fine shotgun, and the pitching arm of Nolan Ryan. But then again, I remind myself that the ONE there created the earth, had the idea of a gift of a loving wife, sunsets, fishing lakes, the Grand Canyon, and brought into my sin sickened life a Redeemer, a Healer, and clarified for me once and for all just what true LOVE is, namely He loved me while I was yet His enemy before my Baptism. Not a bad fellow to be around don’t you think. I could take that! Maybe even more important than dogs. But, if HE wants Rover to be there OK too!!

  • allen

    But even IF the smartest dog (chimp, parrot, elephant, dolphin, etc) in the world ever wondered why she experiences reality subjectively, how could she communicate this thought to others? Perhaps the main difference is that animals don’t justify themselves to themselves with “special pleading” after having done something they know is not right?

  • allen

    But even IF the smartest dog (chimp, parrot, elephant, dolphin, etc) in the world ever wondered why she experiences reality subjectively, how could she communicate this thought to others? Perhaps the main difference is that animals don’t justify themselves to themselves with “special pleading” after having done something they know is not right?

  • Anon

    Richard Wohlers, canids are definitely among the animals which Genesis says have the “nephesh hayyah” Hence, souls. Just not imago dei, or human souls. “the lion roars out to God for its prey” might be somewhat indicative as well.

    The Bible speaks about the new heavens and the new Earth at the end of this era of salvation history, not merely continuing in the intermediate state where we are ‘unclothed’ with regards to our bodies. The armies of heaven and Christ Himself return to Earth mounted on horses. If horses, why not dogs after this era as well? Some liberals and mystics portray the resurrection with humans being in a sort of permanent vegetative state only looking at God, our only source of light. The Bible does not so describe things. God created us to be physical, and we believe in the resurrection of the body. We are made in His Image and Likeness, and that includes relationships and creativity. We are not to be made into a lower order of being than human, in the resurrection.

    Considering such matters is not a rejection of the overwhelming importance of being with Christ and seeing Him. God made us humans curious, hence the questions of children, and we want to combat the sort of errors that such as the gnostics and manichees professed against physical resurrection and the goodness of what God has created.

    Allen, well, that collie of ours tried to cover up wrong-doing. I don’t profess to have that figured out theologically.

  • Anon

    Richard Wohlers, canids are definitely among the animals which Genesis says have the “nephesh hayyah” Hence, souls. Just not imago dei, or human souls. “the lion roars out to God for its prey” might be somewhat indicative as well.

    The Bible speaks about the new heavens and the new Earth at the end of this era of salvation history, not merely continuing in the intermediate state where we are ‘unclothed’ with regards to our bodies. The armies of heaven and Christ Himself return to Earth mounted on horses. If horses, why not dogs after this era as well? Some liberals and mystics portray the resurrection with humans being in a sort of permanent vegetative state only looking at God, our only source of light. The Bible does not so describe things. God created us to be physical, and we believe in the resurrection of the body. We are made in His Image and Likeness, and that includes relationships and creativity. We are not to be made into a lower order of being than human, in the resurrection.

    Considering such matters is not a rejection of the overwhelming importance of being with Christ and seeing Him. God made us humans curious, hence the questions of children, and we want to combat the sort of errors that such as the gnostics and manichees professed against physical resurrection and the goodness of what God has created.

    Allen, well, that collie of ours tried to cover up wrong-doing. I don’t profess to have that figured out theologically.

  • Extollager

    Another Kerner at 2:40 p.m.: I agree that dogs can’t sin. But can they “lie”? We had a golden who was a nut for running for sticks for years, but eventually got too old, etc. to want to do that. I’d throw a stick and she’d see where it went; but then she’d seemingly “PRETEND” not to see where it was, apparently in order to decline to fetch it.

  • Extollager

    Another Kerner at 2:40 p.m.: I agree that dogs can’t sin. But can they “lie”? We had a golden who was a nut for running for sticks for years, but eventually got too old, etc. to want to do that. I’d throw a stick and she’d see where it went; but then she’d seemingly “PRETEND” not to see where it was, apparently in order to decline to fetch it.

  • Another Kerner

    Extollager:

    They certainly are *clever* however.
    Especially when, as they age, they desire to save a few steps. :-)

    Dogs bury bone and things precious to them all the time, in most unlikely places……saving them for another time.
    Something like squirrels.

    Sometimes a pregnant bitch will cover over her bowl of food when she has “morning sickness”, keeping it “hidden away” until she feels like eating it.

    Amazing creatures.

  • Another Kerner

    Extollager:

    They certainly are *clever* however.
    Especially when, as they age, they desire to save a few steps. :-)

    Dogs bury bone and things precious to them all the time, in most unlikely places……saving them for another time.
    Something like squirrels.

    Sometimes a pregnant bitch will cover over her bowl of food when she has “morning sickness”, keeping it “hidden away” until she feels like eating it.

    Amazing creatures.


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