"My father was a mild, kind gentleman who spent his working life in a slaughterhouse. He never liked the job. He believed the animals were aware of their impending doom. I took this with a pinch of salt until I observed how my Welsh collie behaved.
Though father would have washed and changed before he returned home from work, if the dog encountered him he would shake with fear. We would try to console him, but it would take quite some time to calm him down.
What frightened the dog?
My father said it wasn't him in particular or the smell of blood because dogs are carnivorous. It was the smell of fear."
Anyone who has ever had a dog within their family knows how sensitive, and protective, they can be.
We had a wonderful border collie, Toby, who was everyone's best friend unless, that is, he became ill at ease. He only bit someone once.
Toby didn't like 'someone' we invited into our home one evening. His lip turned up and he bared his teeth. We had to be firm, but loving, with him to make him behave. He sulked away but our visitor wouldn't let things stand, he was determined to stroke our dog. We were firm with him too and told him not to touch Toby.
During the evening the person went to Toby, when we were briefly otherwise occupied, and sure enough, as he tried to touch him, Toby snapped and bit our guest's finger drawing blood.
We were immensely embarrassed but, without going into details, I'll just say that it later proved that Toby's judgement was exactly right.
Toby eventually grew very old and was unable to walk. The vet could do no more for him so we had to agree to have him put to sleep. It was so sad but I sat on the floor next to his basket and he looked up at me, closed his eyes and leant his head on my arm.
I feel certain that Toby knew exactly what was about to happen and accepted this because he trusted me.
We lost a wonderful member of the family.
If we observe animals closely we can learn a lot.
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