My grandmother has a little Shih Tzu that is named Gigi. When we see her, she lightens up in a flash of excitement. My mother comments, “She’s thinking ‘Oh my god people!'”. This got me thinking.
How do animals like dog retain information? Obviously they don’t understand language like you and me, but they can recall ‘words’ we say. (Like when you say sit and they sit…..) But do they form coherent ideas? I’m assuming not because they have the tendency to eat their own excrement, but what if they did?
Would your dog think ‘I love you’? How would they? If they think in recall and pictures, perhaps they associate your smile, or smiles in general, with you?
Maybe I’m just crazy….