Monday, June 04, 2007

Intellectualizing



My granny sent me this story from the Washington Post about how dogs are much smarter than you naked apes thought. I'm sure she sent it because 1) yes, we are smart and 2) she knows I am an example of a smarty-pants dog. I'm a real problem solver. Especially when my problem is the hunger and the solution is manipulating the naked apes to get it for me. (Or, alternatively, finding ways to get INTO the food).

The provocative new experiment indicated that dogs can do something that previously only humans, including infants, have been shown capable of doing: decide how to imitate a behavior based on the specific circumstances in which the action takes place.

"Every day, we're discovering surprises about animals and finding out animals are far more intelligent and far more emotional than we previously thought," said Marc Bekoff, an animal behaviorist who recently retired from the University of Colorado. "We're really breaking down the lines between the species."

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14 Comments:

Blogger Katherine and Pippa, said...

Took an awful long time to say what we all know.

Of course we are smart.

Which is more than can be said for some of them.

Or do I mean most of them?

Pippa

5:52 AM  
Blogger Ferndoggle said...

Duh! They're just figuring this out now??????

Very handsome picture of you Wally.

Sherman

7:15 AM  
Blogger Ruby Bleu said...

Wally, I can see your brain working in that picture! These apes are so slow, aren't they. Of course we are smart!!! I'll second Sherman's 'Duh'.

Lots of Licks, Ruby

8:01 AM  
Blogger Sophie Brador said...

So Wally, your intellectual opinion please. When my Sophie seemingly randomly attacks a dog (never one I know of course), does this mean that she knows something about that dog that my human doesn't? Does this mean that she is am perhaps well aware of the fact that her victim is a sociopath or a Russian spy? Oh my god! Is Sophie Dexter?

-Sherry

9:50 AM  
Blogger Amber-Mae said...

Like durrrrr... we animals ARE smarter than hoomans! Nice picture of you Wally.

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

9:53 AM  
Blogger PiratesGrrl said...

Wally,
I think this is now my favorite picture of you!!

The humans aren't very smart, this we know.

Samantha

10:13 AM  
Blogger Frasypoo said...

You know....I realised that grammas are the best.They are have wisdom!
frasier

11:28 AM  
Blogger Peanut said...

Well my mom says she knew that all along. It was some other stupid humans that didn't.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Very handsome pic, but I can only see one intellectual-eye. But you said ize.... where're the other one?

1:25 PM  
Blogger Marvin The Dog said...

I always get emotional just lookin at your wonderful and very intelligent blog Wally!

love and licks, Marv xxxx

3:19 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Us dogs are smarter than all hoomans any day of the week!

Love ya lots,
Maggie

4:25 PM  
Blogger Joe Stains said...

wow wally, you sure do look smart in that photo. Isnt it amazing how long it takes the supposed smart apes to figure all this easy junk out?

7:30 PM  
Blogger Pacco de Mongrel said...

thumbs up...v 2nd tat

11:42 PM  
Blogger Stanley said...

Wally,

You have the most amazing profile (and I'm not just blowing smoke...). Obviously, you are a fine specimen of premium K9 intellectual capacity. (Glad you're on our side).

Watch out, apes!

Goob love,
Stanley

9:12 PM  

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