LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER
The animals who live together in our house appear to be learning from each other. It’s a strange sight to behold.
As dogs tend to do, our cocker spaniel Leaf runs to the door when we comes home and he wags his tail with friendly excitement. Now, so does our little cat Cuddles. She scampers along behind Leaf. Her tail swishes. Uncatlike as it may be, she expresses her happiness at seeing us.
When he was about one year old, Leaf was abandoned at an animal shelter. We adopted him, and it’s been quite an adventure ever since. Even though he’s made his home with us for eight years now, he still has abandonment issues.
We leave the room or he wakes up and doesn’t see us; he howls. We leave the house; he howls even louder.
We adopted Cuddles as a kitten from the same animal shelter. She’s never gone through abandonment nor has she howled. But after years of watching and listening to Leaf, she’s added howling to her behavior.
It’s her version of a howl which is more like a yell. But the other day, after Allen left the house, Linda was surprised to hear Cuddles mark his departure with a long, drawn-out meow. We had a symphony of howling and yelling for about 30 seconds.
Early on after Leaf came home, he began watching Cuddles jump up on our bed at night to sleep with us. Guess who soon joined us on the bed? If she can do it; so can I!
What are the animals in your home learning from each other?
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PRECIOUS!! My Kitty Sunshine learned ALOT from our beloved dog, Macy, before she went to Heaven Mar.1,2010. Someone had dumped Kitty out and we took her in on Sept.6,2006 bc she is the cutest cat EVER!! So she and Macy were sisters for a few years. She truly acts more like a dog than she does a cat and it’s SO funny how some of Macy’s behavior lives on thru Kitty!