Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by Pets_and_Animals
Anyone who has played fetch with a dog and seen his joyous expression as he proudly drags a stick back for you that you’ve just thrown, or feel the compassion in a dogs eyes as he lays his head down in your lap when you’re feeling sad, knows in their heart that dogs have feelings for their owners.
Barbara King takes it to the next level in her book How Animals Grieve by looking scientifically at different animal species and exploring their reactions to the death of a close companion both human and non-human. It is a very compelling book, and although there still is no absolute proof that animals feel sadness and grief when someone close to them passes, their reactions show they are definitely feeling the loss in a deep, and sometimes tragic way.
Also, if you are into little known facts about some of our animal and insect friends there are two good books that are fun reads:
The Book of Animal Ignorance by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson clears up a lot of misconceptions we have about our different animal friends.