When I got Sophie, 11 years ago, she was oooh...about 6-8 weeks old. The people I bought her from, sent us home with a woolie "baby" that carried the scent of her mom. She plays with her baby, hides her baby, fetches her baby, carries her baby around...she loves her baby.
Every Christmas, she gets a new baby...and the old baby is then weaned. I have 10 in a closet that no longer receive attention.
On Christmas morning, when everyone else is opening presents, she too opens hers. She is just as excited as any of the grandchildren.It's the same routine every Christmas...the tree goes up, presents are bought and left in a back bedroom, in the shopping bags, awaiting wrapping. The back bedroom holds a mound of unwrapped presents, it's also the room the computer is in. So lately, while on the puter, I noted that Sophie has been sniffing/snooping around that mound.
Monday night, BF and I sat in the living room, watching TV after supper, and Sophie wasn't in her normal spot (BF's lap) but we really weren't paying any particular attention to her.
She suddenly appeared...she had found her new baby in that sea/mound of unwrapped presents and slyly brought it for us to see. She has been snooping...apparently going thru all the sacks, till she found her Christmas baby. She acted shy and unsure if she was going to get in any trouble...but she wanted her new baby. Once I told her it was OK...her tail wagged and she bounced around while I cut off the tags. I gave her baby a squeak and a toss and she happily ran after it.
Now I ask you, how do you measure an animals intelligence? How do measure an animals capacity for love? How do you measure their loyalty, pain, fear...???
If you think they're "just animals"...I'll tell you a story of an elephants sorrow and grief, or one of a dog that remains by a grave for years, or one that puts himself in harms way to protect.
I think we tend to measure their intelligence by what we know...not by what they know...
Merry Christmas from Sophie and me...