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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: “SILVER THREADS . . .” November 29, 2014

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Dexter is getting on a bit in dog terms, and just maybe there are “silver threads among the gold”. He is not as young as he once was. So it is a relative judgement. As for Hannah she has orange threads among the black, and probably should be given more exercise than she is getting. She does not get to run for as long as she should. However, it would be difficult to match Arthur’s story that saw him join a group of endurance athletes in Ecuador and go with them back to Sweden. No sooner than than a speculation that brain scanning might be applied to dogs than it is confirmed. Theresa Fisher reports at Brain.Mic:

The scientists found that dog owners’ aroma actually sparked activation in the “reward center” of their brains, called the caudate nucleus. Of all the wafting smells to take in, dogs actually prioritized the hint of humans over anything or anyone else. These results jibe with other canine neuroimaging research. In Budapest, researchers at Eotvos Lorand University studied canine brain activity in response to different human and dog sounds, including voices, barks and the meaningful grunts and sighs both species emit. Before this study, we had no idea what happens inside canine brains when humans make noise. Among other surprising findings, the study revealed marked similarities in the way dog and human brains process emotionally laden vocal sounds. Researchers found that happy sounds in particular light up the auditory cortex in both species. This commonality speaks to the uniquely strong communication system underlying the dog-human bond. In short: Dogs don’t just seem to pick up on our subtle mood changes — they are actually physically wired to pick up on them.

Given all of that, it should be easy to get Dexter and Hannah to do what I want, when I want it done. I suppose it could be in the approach. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes no so much. And in a manner of speaking here is the latest record, mostly faithful to the actual situation over the past week. We had rain during the week. The music is from Silent Partner, “How it Began”: The title was taken from The Fureys’ version of “Silver Threads Among the Gold”. It has nothing to do with the Netherlands and other Europeans repatriating gold bullion from the US. The copyright for this song was issued in 1873: In 1930, in “Animal Crackers”, Chico Marx presented his version on the silver screen: PS: I am indirectly getting the impression that Dexter and Hannah think this “dog blog” should be about them, or at least other dogs.

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