The science of puppy dog eyes: Dogs’ facial expressions depend on human attention

Everyone with a functioning brain cell or two who has been around dogs knows that these lovable creatures are constantly trying to communicate with us.

Now we can cite scientific evidence to support what we knew.

Excerpt from Nature

Every dog owner is familiar with the ‘puppy dog eyes’ expression. As the inner brow lifts, the eyes get bigger and bigger … It’s tempting to interpret this as a plea from a sad dog for a scrap of the family dinner. Now, a small study provides support for the idea that dogs do indeed produce facial expressions to communicate with people — although perhaps just to engage us, rather than to manipulate us.

The dogs in the study produced more than twice as many facial expressions (‘puppy dog eyes’ was one of the most common) when a researcher was facing them than when she was turned away. But it didn’t seem to matter whether she also held food. Earlier studies have shown that seeing food is more exciting to a dog than is social contact with a silent person, so something other than the dogs’ emotional state must have been responsible for the effect.

“Dogs make their eyes more attractive to us while we are watching, not just when we are in the vicinity or in response to food,” says Brian Hare, a cognitive neuroscientist and co-director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. “This is fantastic work.”

The study, published on 19 October in Scientific Reports1, adds to a growing body of work that shows how sensitive dogs are to human attention. It also provides the first evidence in a non-primate species that facial expressions can be used actively to communicate, says psychologist Juliane Kaminski at the Dog Cognition Centre at the University of Portsmouth, UK, who led the research. Researchers had previously assumed that such expressions are an involuntary reflection of an animal’s emotional state.

The rest of the article goes on to explain how the study was conducted.

Dogs are trying. Now, if only science could teach humans how to understand all the things that our dogs are saying to us.

Artist who breastfed dog and fertilized her egg with dog cell wins prestigious prize

The degenerate (((elites))) are working full-time to normalize bestiality. It’s right out in the open with this vile, so called art.

RT

A Slovenian artist breastfed her dogs and fertilized one of her eggs with a dog cell as part of an award-winning three-month art project.

Maja Smrekar lived in seclusion with her dogs as part of the lengthy artistic experiment, which was titled “K-9_topology.”

During that time, she triggered her body to produce breast milk by systematic breast pumping. She then breastfed her puppy Ada to explore “the social and ideological instrumentalization of the female body and breastfeeding.”

Smrekar also took a fat cell from another dog, Byron, and used it to fertilize one of her eggs using a method similar to IVF. The fat cell was a non-sexual cell, so no dog’s sperm was used in the project.

The artist said on her website that the project grew out of the “observation of zeitgeist through the so called thanatopolitical dimension of contemporary biopolitical practices.” She created a video (parts NSFW) depicting all the stages of the artistic work.

Despite the bizarre nature of the project, it proved remarkably popular with experts and was awarded the top prize in the Hybrid art section of the Prix Ars Electronica, one of the best known prizes in the field of electronic and interactive art.

“What is making this artwork so special is the total commitment of the artist,” the jury said in a statement.

“Exposing her body to hormone roller-coasters of false pregnancy and organizing the lab infrastructure to execute the complicated biotech protocol in order to create a poetic masterpiece evoking the challenges of posthumanistic dilemma.

“K-9_topology is a true hybrid artwork with a profound bio-political message and is certain to bring a lot of discussion to the audience from both the art and science sides”.

Tradcatknight reports that the Catholic church refuses to condemn this so-called art. Novus Ordum Watch carries the same story.

Finally, at heute.at we see the “artist” in her award winning glory:

This behavior is sick. The only award the artist should be receiving is an all expense paid vacation to prison.

Dying 59 Year Old Chimp “Mama” Welcomes Visit from an Old Friend

HELLO, OLD FRIEND.

DO YOU REMEMBER ME?

BIG SMILE!

I don’t know what to say other than this story is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Treat our animal friends with love and kindness, just because it’s the right thing to do.

Excerpt from mirror.co.uk

This is the heartbreaking moment a dying chimp recognises an old friend and is absolutely overcome with emotion.

Mama the chimp is terminally ill and had been refusing to eat and stayed curled up in a ball until her old pal arrived for a visit.

The 59-year-old from the Royal Burgers Zoo in the Netherlands would not even drink water until Professor Jan van Hooff called to see her.

Mama opens her arms up in an adorable moment of pure joy when she sees the professor, who set up the chimp colony she had been living in.

She screeches with happiness and he cradles her in her final days.

he pair have known each other since 1972 and Professor Hooff wanted to visit his former charge before she lost her fight for life.

Despite being in a state of gloom for several days, the visit was enough to lift Mama’s spirits.

Sadly, she passed away just a week after the emotional visit in April last year.

Mama was born in the wild back in 1957 and was the oldest chimp at the zoo at the time of her death.

Two minutes and 20 seconds of love:

Same visit. One minute and 43 seconds, with captions:

The Daily Mail and many other major news outlets have covered this story.

Squirrel Rescued During Hurricane Happy with New Life

Jill is allegedly the most popular squirrel on the Internet. Who would have guessed that squirrels could be so charming and fit right into a human household.

A minute and a half of stress relief offered by Jill and her human mother is what this video is all about.

New Orleans Most Photographed Dog Does an Unusual Trick (Video)

A dog really sits at the bar in a run-down New Orleans bar. No joke!

Watch! This is typical New Orleans. The claim about the dog being most photographed is probably not true, but that kind of bragging is also New Orleans style.

One minute plus of odd, fun news.

Have A Laugh GIF: Throw the ball please, please, please, … Ohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboy…YES!

Nice footwork by the pupper.