Saturday, January 22, 2011
For those of you who read my 1.21 Huffington Post on "What We Learn from Animals: How to Play" at this link:
This is my neighbor, Tracey's, dog, LuLu, who is not only beautiful but spirited. She is a joy to walk and "She Who Must Be Obeyed." People will stop their cars and roll down the window to call out their pleasure upon seeing LuLu prancing by. Today, outside the bookstore, an elderly woman said, "Seeing her makes my day!"
Simple, daily joys of animal companionship.
Posted by Brenda S. Peterson at 4:08 PM
LuLu, the world's most beautiful dog during a November blizzard in Seattle
Our frivolity reminded me of the recent research by Jaak Panksepp, a professor of psychobiology, who documented that animals laughed before humans. Panksepp has studied the happy chirps of rats when playing or tickled. "Human laughter has robust roots in our animalian past," Panksepp said.
Posted by Brenda S. Peterson at 11:57 AM