Harried businessmen who loosened their ties and ran a hand through their hair unwittingly revealed to all those privy to the vocabulary of body language that they were insensitive and too attached to their mothers. When Campbell needed some photographs of dogs exhibiting aggressive biting behavior, a local guard-dog trainer let him use one of his dogs as a subject. If we believe a particular behavior holds meaning, we often assign it a meaning that makes sense to us. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. The characteristic raised ridge of fur along the spine of these dogs causes many strangers to assume they have encountered a frightened or angry animal. Bookseller: , Ohio, United States HarperCollins Publishers, 1987.
Bookseller: , New Hampshire, United States New York: William Morrow and Co. Gods and Demons of the Night Remember the nursery rhyme about the little girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead? A somewhat dated book it was published in 1987 , but that's not the author's fault. Unlike the Egyptians, who evolved their civilization and feline-inclusive multi-deity worship over a period of approximately thirty-five hundred years, the early Europeans found themselves assaulted by domestic cats and Christians almost simultaneously. What does your cat really want when it rubs up against your leg? Nocturnal behavior : what a difference a day makes -- 6. She also lets us know what our responses to feline behavior tell the cat about us and our emotions. Such inconsistencies and their implications bring to mind the story of the census taker who cautiously approached the elderly New Englander sitting on her porch with her growling hound dog at her side.
Milani shows how a thorough understanding of feline anatomy, physiology, and behavior can lead to a warm and lasting bond between cats and the people who love them. Medieval Europeans, on the other hand, were still struggling to get comfortable with monotheism and Christianity and longed for the security of predictable uniformity in their lives. Because Emily believes a lowered or tucked tail signals fear, she immediately feels sympathy for any dog displaying that behavior. The Bennetts ricocheted between embarrassment, guilt, remorse; and anger aimed at themselves, Photon, and their neighbors. Furthermore, the two owners may assign completely different and, in some cases, quite opposite meanings to identical behaviors or body language. As the others watched in horror and then amazement, the four- legged projectile hit Bob full force and knocked him to the ground.
As Bob stood talking with the group, a gray and white blur shot out of the dense undergrowth and barreled down on them like a cannonball. Eventually the fad died out as it became clear that interpretations of body language are so subjective that any signal sender and any receiver could attach totally different meanings to any gesture. For example, animals such as dogs, horses, cows, chickens, and ducks tend to be social, preferring to be among their own kind, a quality they share with humans. And what could be more novel than the solitary, nongregarious cats? Surprisingly, the dog remained indifferent even after Campbell deliberately tried to provoke it. I got this book because I had specific questions about my cats behaviors. What a relief to learn that this ever-present characteristic carries no more behavioral or emotional significance than eye or coat color! Imagine a caravan of fervent preachers rolling into your town and joyfully proclaiming that salvation would come only to converts who owned computers and kept tarantulas as pets. The story unfolds with all the beauty and startling twists of human evolution itself.
The Felis domestica stalking a mouse in a suburban American basement looks and acts like the one that preyed on mice in ancient Egypt. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Have people changed so dramatically during the last five thousand years? A few years ago the idea of body language as an important form of nonverbal communication preoccupied many psychologists and writers, who told us how to interpret the signals lovers, spouses, and bosses were giving us with their bodies. In fact, according to early churchmen, cats acted a lot like the most dreaded outcast, Lucifer himself. Because dogs use various postures to indicate their relationships to their environment, we need to recognize them as valuable clues about their emotional life; and we must not only recognize the signals, we must learn to assign appropriate meanings to them. Unfortunately that is not always the case. The E-mail message field is required.
Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Buy The Body Language and Emotion of Cats at. As with other feline displays, this behavior can lead to extreme human interpretations. All would be fine as long as we could guarantee that our interspecies interpretations were physically, mentally, and emotionally beneficial to owner and dog. Pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting. Although cats have always entertained their devout champions and supporters, even when the majority of humankind associated them with the dark forces of Satan, they have never won consistent praise for particular traits the way faithful Fido has.
Their consistent acceptance and even approval firmly reinforced the behavior. In such ways the Egyptians took their only domesticated, available nocturnal species, imbued it with the qualities of both sun and moon, and made it a symbol of light in the darkness. Essentially they were unwittingly thrusting a dramatic and powerful paradox onto the pagans: On the one hand they touted the virtues of a single God, but on the other hand, they brought with them the most unworldly godlike creatures the Europeans had ever seen. Little Joey inadvertently sent the Doberman body language messages that demanded a response far different from the one the child intended. In addition these species also possess other qualities that we perceive as enhancing human existence: The horse serves as a predictable beast of burden, the dog as hunter, herder, and companion; the cow and fowl as reliable sources of food. Into this world sauntered the only domestic nocturnal species; but instead of enjoying respect and deification, cats quickly became symbols of Satan himself. Is it showing affection or aggression when it sucks a hole in your favorite sweater? These varied and conflicting emotions proved to be such a drain that the Bennetts sold their suburban dream home and moved to the country.
If the animal reflects a quality we recognize and like, we eagerly develop a relation- ship with it. Our second owner is Lou Rutherford, a physical-education teacher, football coach, and proud master of Merlin, a black Labrador retriever. Predation : the cry of the wild, the call of the tame -- 9. Or is there something about cats that just naturally ignites human emotions? On the other hand, Lou perceives this same behavior as a sign of cowardice and is repulsed. Edgar Allan Poe and Guy de Maupassant curdle our blood with tales that take common feline characteristics and expand them to horrifying proportions, preying on our lack of understanding of normal cat behavior.
Again, most animal behaviorists would dismiss such associations as arbitrary and groundless. Veterinarian Milani The Body Language and Emotion of Dogs is a behaviorist who ventures into the field of animal consciousness. A lot of the stuff in the book is stuff you can learn just by having cats and observing them. The study of the relationships between people and animals reveals that awareness of and response to a particular species depends to a large extent on our ability to link it to our own experience. Whether their cats lay quietly beside them or prowled the night, the Egyptians believed the — cats were protecting them from the dangers of the dark. If Merlin sat on the porch and howled every time Lou put him out, Lou could easily decide the stare meant the dog wanted something inside the house.