55 Things # 9 – Understanding Dogs

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I recently finished reading Dogs Never Lie About Love By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. It is aptly subtitled Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs. As a dog lover I found this to be a fun read because I could identify with much the author had to say.

Today I decided to share one passage from the book that had me nodding my head in agreement.


“It has been often said that humans are on an arrogant mission when they seek out life on other planets before they have adequately understood the alien lives on our own planet. I think this is particularly true when it comes to dogs, for here is another life form that is both immediately understandable and familiar, while at the same time there is an unyielding mystery at the heart of a dog. Just when we think we know them completely, we look into the eyes of a family dog and something about his radiance, his depth, gives us pause. “Who are you really?” we are inclined to ask at that moment. The dog might smile, a familiar smile, but will not answer. They keep their deepest mysteries to themselves.” ~ Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

I don’t think we will ever really understand dogs. 🙂

Thanks for reading.













14 thoughts on “55 Things # 9 – Understanding Dogs

    1. LOL! One of the strangest things about our dogs is that they are finicky eaters and Trooper is polite and makes sure everyone else eats before him then he will finish whatever they may have left along with his own. Ranger is not only finicky but messy. He takes his food out of the bowl and puts it on the floor and eats what he wants and leaves the rest on the floor. (for us to clean up!) Until we got Scout and Trooper I never knew a dog who didn’t just gobble up a bowl of food.


  1. You had me smiling and nodding my head as well Ruth. Yes, the intense look that a pet, especially a dog gives to you, makes you wonder if they are analyzing you or admiring you … one thing for sure, they’re not taking you for granted. 🙂

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