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Old 05-28-2009, 08:48 AM   #1
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Dogs have souls, but you already knew that

Dogs are full of natural goodness and have rich emotional lives, said animal behaviorist Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

A dog's code of ethics is on display daily in parks, backyards and family rooms.

"We're not trying to elevate animals," Bekoff said. "We're not trying to reduce humans. We're not saying we're better or worse or the same. We're saying we're not alone in having a nuanced moral system."

Page, author of "Do Dogs Smile?," said biology no longer dismisses dogs and other animals as "furry automatons" driven by instinct and food.

"People like Bekoff have figured out how to measure these things," Page said. "It's a whole new ballgame for studying dog personalities and emotions."

Bekoff, co-author of "Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals," spent thousands of hours observing coyotes, wolves and dogs. He analyzed videotapes frame by frame. The work convinced him these animals possess empathy and compassion, the emotions upon which moral sense is built.

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Old 06-04-2009, 02:22 PM   #2
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Good article, Ann. I couldn't agree more with the idea of canine ethics. My day to day observations of my dog and others' dogs tell me that their personalities are so varied that instinct is only a piece of who they are. I've seen some amazing behavior from my girl at the nursing home.
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Old 06-04-2009, 02:39 PM   #3
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I've had debates over whether animals have souls. I always win. Why would a dog "cry" when it is left alone, or in trouble, or needs to go out....etc.....if it didn't have feelings, and feelings come from deep inside THE SOUL! My little Sophie cries for EVER when she's in trouble, just because she probably thinks I don't love her (she always get's a "NO NO!" and gets put in the room or outside for a "time out"...lol. I always give in. She's so stinkin' cute! LOL.
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They sound delicious.
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Old 06-05-2009, 10:41 AM   #5
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They sound delicious.

Scoff all you want. I thought it was an interesting perspective.

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whos kiddin who?

dogs are better than us
Everyone knows dog is God spelled backwards..
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