How Hachi and Our Dog Friends See The World

In the film Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, we show Hachi, the main character, seeing the world through his eyes. While we feel closely attuned with our canine friends – they see and think of the world a bit differently from us; through a dog’s eyes.
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By nature, humans and dogs are wired to experience an incredible bond, something we’ve been well aware of for quite some time. I know I have with my dog. New scientific research is continuously revealing just why this connection is so strong, showing that dogs and humans actually influence each other in more profound ways than we ever knew. Through dog cognition, we can understand this profound bond.
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Question of the day: We can all relate to our dogs doing seemingly crazy things! What behaviors do you notice in your pup? And why do you think they’re doing it? Let me know in the comments on the blog!

Ten Commandments from a Dog’s Perspective

We love our pups as family, but — they are still canine! So, are we really understanding their needs? Within minutes, the Oklahoma tornados left many without shelter or possessions. Families would soon be sifting through piles of wood and rubble they once called their home.  At times of utter loss, what you hold dear becomes quite clear. During live television, a woman spoke of the terrifying moments during the storm. She was frantic with grief with the loss of her dog during the tornado. At that moment, the camera changed focus to a black fuzzy head popping out from under the wreckage. It was her dog! Not all endings are as happy. If you were to lose your pup today, would you feel guilty? Whether your answer is yes or no, these tips can bring you closer with your devoted and ever-loving canine. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years; any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you adopt me. Give me time to understand what you want from me; don’t be impatient, short-tempered, or irritable. Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back. Respect is earned, not given as an inalienable right. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment; I am not capable of understanding why. I only know I have been rejected. You have your work, entertainment, and friends, but I only have you. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice and your tone. You only have to look at my tail. Be aware that however you treat me, I’ll never forget it, and if it’s cruel, it may affect me forever. Please don’t hit me. I can’t hit back, but I can bite and scratch, and I really don’t ever want to do that Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right foods or I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old and weak. It may be I am just dog-tired. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and may also need love, care, comfort, and attention. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, regardless of what you do, I will always love you. As published in: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals By Stan Rawlinson,1993 Photo by John M. Wills  

Hachi, Grief, and An Unlikely Friendship

Who says animals don’t express emotion? Pup Bella and Beavis were best buddies. Before Beavis passed away, he and Bella were inseparable. They ate together, played together and even shared living quarters. Beavis passed away in 2012, but the pair’s story resurfaced after a video that the owner shot of the two appeared on Reddit. This video of Bella and Beavis has been viewed on YouTube over a million times. And no one can dispute the grief expressed by this pup. As Bella realizes that her friend is not coming to life, she whimpers, nuzzles, and licks Beavis as if to say goodbye. Dogs Express Emotions in So Many Ways Not knowing that his owner had died, in the film Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, an Akita waits ten years at a train station. Based on a true-life story of Hachiko, we see life through a dog’s eyes. And, we experience the deep emotions that bind a dog with his human best friend. My dog Hachi had a “crush” on my parents elderly cat named Misty. For years, Hachi would try to approach Misty — only to be rebuffed by a loud hiss and a fierce stare. When Misty died, she was buried in the backyard with a simple ceremony. After the burial, Hachi began whimpering. He frantically dug at the soil. For days, he wouldn’t leave the site. Unlike Bella and her beaver friend, Hachi never got the chance to show his devotion to Misty — until the end. Just like Hachi did for Misty, and Bella did for Beavis — it’s pretty clear that our pups are emotional beings! Our furry friends express emotions more we even realize. Do you have a cute story of your dog expressing strong feelings?