Dogs certainly think, but it can’t possibly be in the same way as humans. My dog is the one creature i can count on to be glad to see me – doesn’t matter whether i’ve been gone two weeks or five minutes, he is overjoyed when i appear in front of him… even if i’m smelly and covered in gnat corpses after a bike ride.
i can look at him a long time, and he will hold my gaze. When i’m in the bathroom in the morning, getting ready for work. Even through the mirror… Eye contact. Connection. Genuine companionship.
What is going through that pointy dog head? Trying not to project human thought, i munched this over as i gave Mr. Pickles a treat this afternoon…
Mmmmm…. drool…. sit? whatever…. Mmmmm…. cheese bone….. damn it…. sit….. wait for it….. Mmmmmm…. cheese bone…
Aw, c’mon, woman! Cheese bone. Sit… damn it. [drool] Wait. Sit. Mmmmm….
Mine! Cheese bone! Mmmm….
Mostly? He sleeps. Barks when there is a noise, or if he receives a random signal from The Dog Planet. Follows me from room to room, settling on the couch if i’m in the living room, on the cool tiled floor if i’m in the kitchen, or hopping onto the foot of my bed when it’s time to turn in.
What’s he thinking? i’ll never figure it out. The only thing i need to know is that the mutt is mine. i am his. We are a pack of two.