Can dogs mimic human emotions? That’s what monopolized my mind over the weekend…
Because Saturday I took Jaxson to Splash Island Waterpark and left Harley at home…
Believe it or not, this has never happened before. #Ikidyounot
And this wouldn’t have been a problem – Doodle Dad made it one…
I HAVE A RITUAL –
Whenever I leave the house without them, I am very consistent with my departure rituals. #forareason
For the last four years, I’ve been working from home. That’s most of Harley’s life and all of Jaxson’s.
Since moving to the best pet friendly city in the country #doodlebraggingrights – I am afforded the luxury of taking them practically everywhere I go with very few exceptions.
Translation? They are accustomed to “hanging out!”
If I have somewhere to go and they cannot come along, I use buzz words they’re conditioned to hearing which translates the news –
You can’t come
For instance –
- Sunday – I’m headed to CHURCH – be back soon.
- Tuesday – going to the HOSPITAL Jaxy, be back in a little while.
When they hear the word “church” they rarely come downstairs.
When Jaxson hears the word “hospital” he sits down in the hallway and watches Harley and I leave.
Harley (being the first and the oldest) has never been home alone with Doodle Dad since Jaxson arrived and that was 18 months ago! #truestories
I felt absodoodletutely no guilt leaving him, but my husband made it seem as if we weren’t returning until 2017!
DOGS AND HUMAN EMOTIONS –
While dogs do possess emotions, they are not as complex as a human’s. Dogs do, however, feel the emotions coming from humans. They feel our emotions as energy radiating from our bodies. The dog knows if you are sad, nervous, stressed, happy, calm, strong-minded, confident, passive, anxious, hyper, meek, etc. Source: Dog Breed Info Center
Lee didn’t realize (until the very last minute) that Harley was staying home with him. I don’t know how he missed the memo – Harley isn’t a #pooldoodle.
Remember in Hilton Head he just walked the sides of the pool all afternoon long…
After I knelt down and explained to Harley – Jax and I would be back in a little while, I gave him a hug, and walked into the kitchen to grab the car keys.
LET THE PITY PARTY BEGIN –
Before I could get out of the house, Lee was petting and caressing Harley’s head, doling out treats (which he spit out) repeating –
It’s gonna be okay.
What do you mean “it’s gonna be okay?”
Jax and I –
- weren’t injured
- no one kidnapped us
- we weren’t headed to combat!
I looked at Harley and he was the saddest I’d ever seen him.
I believe he was confused. Jax and I were leaving, Doodle Dad was sad, so he didn’t know what else to do but join the pity party. #naturally
Was it hard to walk out that door? You bet your sweet goldendoodle it was. But I had to do it. Lee nor Harley were gonna be the boss of me! #thatday
It was haunting as I drove away watching the two of them cuddled up together on the steps.
So much so, when I realized I forgot my sunglasses I was too afraid to go back! #blindedbythesun
DOGS CAN SHOW EMPATHY –
Empathy is feeling what others feel. Empathy is the ability to not only detect what others feel but also to experience that emotion yourself. Source: Emotions in Dogs
I truly believe that’s what Harley was doing – “empathizing.”
While Harley and I are very close and his expectation is to be with me at all times, we communicate extremely well with one another. #adifferentkindofblogpost
This time though, I felt strange, slightly slanted, off balance sort of – because I was not familiar with his behavior.
That’s why it was comforting for me to blame it on the other human.
BUT YOU TELL ME –
Do you think Lee perpetuated Harley’s drastic mood swing?
Do you take separate outings with your dogs? And if so, how do they react? #inquiringminds
Can’t wait to hear your response.
P.S. He recovered quickly…
Make today so incredibly pawsome – Yesterday gets jealous ❤️
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