Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: Fully Updated and Revised
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Many people who have ever owned a pet will swear that their dog or cat or other animal has exhibited some kind of behavior they just can't explain. How does a dog know when its owner is returning home at an unexpected time? How do cats know when it is time to go to the vet, even before the cat carrier comes out? How do horses find their way back to the stable over completely unfamiliar terrain? And how can some pets predict that their owners are about to have an epileptic fit?
These intriguing questions about animal behavior convinced world-renowned biologist Rupert Sheldrake that the very animals who are closest to us have much to teach us about biology, nature, and consciousness.
Filled with captivating stories and thought-provoking analysis, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home is a groundbreaking exploration of animal behavior that will profoundly change the way we think about animals, and ourselves. After five years of extensive research involving thousands of people who own and work with animals, Sheldrake conclusively proves what many pet owners already know -- that there is a strong connection between humans and animals that lies beyond present-day scientific understanding.
With a scientist's mind and an animal lover's compassion, Sheldrake compellingly demonstrates that we and our pets are social animals linked together by invisible bonds connecting animals to each other, to their owners, and to their homes in powerful ways. Sheldrake's provocative ideas about these social, or morphic, fields explain the uncanny behavior often observed in pets and help provide an explanation for amazing animal behavior in the wild, such as migration and homing.
Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home not only provides fascinating insight into animal, and human, behavior, but also teaches us to question the boundaries of conventional scientific thought. This remarkable book deserves a place next to the most beloved and valuable books on animals, such as When Elephants Weep, Dogs Never Lie About Love, and The Hidden Life of Dogs.
From the Hardcover edition.
A review of the entire Is It Real? series by Ted Dace, an independent commentator, helps put this incident in its wider context: “The object of Is It Real? is to place its viewers under the purring, hypnotic sway of Science, not science as a method for obtaining reliable knowledge but scientism as a kind of religion that casts out the demons of uncertainty and mystery. Each episode in the series raises the specter of the paranormal only to reveal it as the hallucination of abnormal people. Backed
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invited. On each of these occasions, the cat proved to be a fail-safe employer-arriving alarm. Although many cats respond to their owners’ return on a regular basis, some do so only under certain conditions, most commonly when the owner’s return is linked to their being fed. And some people have noticed that their female cats respond most when they are pregnant, but lose interest in their owner’s return when they have kittens to attend to. Of the 416 reports of anticipatory behavior on the
bed ready. He’ll be here tonight.’ ‘What on earth makes you think that?’ we asked, laughing at her. ‘I just know he’ll be here,’ she said and went upstairs to attend to the bed. Later that evening Jack arrived!” Most instances of anticipation are more mundane. Bonnie Hardy, a mother of teenage boys who lived in Victoria, British Columbia, found this phenomenon wore her out through lack of sleep. When the older boys returned home very late on weekends, despite their efforts to be as quiet as
Snowy, was going to be clipped (about every six weeks), no matter what precautions we took to stop her knowing, she always crawled under the piano or a bed to hide. To this day I shall never know how she knew, other than by reading my mind.” Dogs that anticipate going for a walk The commonest way in which dogs respond to their owners’ intentions is not through aversion but through their enthusiasm for walks. Most dogs are excited by the prospect of a walk and react with eager