Please be silly

When I was a child, my dog was also my imaginary dragon. He was my fellow detective on imaginary missions with my friends (although they were very real to us at the time). If you had a dog as a child, do you remember how silly you were with him or her? I see so many people becoming overly serious …

Stop and eat the grass

Perhaps we need a different name for going outside with our dogs. Going for a „walk“ paints that picture: walk and walk some more and if you’re not walking, well, hurry up and stop sniffing the ground! But, for most dogs, this is the only time they are able to be outside and do as they wish. Not to mention …

Your mental cinema

In Germany, people might talk about their „Kopfkino“. When roughly translated, this means „mental cinema“. We all have a mental cinema playing in our minds – the films are our personal experiences and expectations of how situations will unfold. Most of us don’t actively decide what we play in our mental cinema and this can have detrimental effect on how we …

Exercising my dog?

(Photo by Alessio Albi) In the world of dog-owners, two continents have formed: those who push their dogs to physical exhaustion daily and those who, well, don’t do that. There is an ocean, or a middle-road between these two extremes which I’d like to address with this post. Some research states that dogs require around 20 hours of sleep per day. …

Wolves as Spirit Guides: Reality or Romanticism?

Here is another paper which I wrote for my Masters in Anthrozoology and thought you guys might find interesting. Tell me what your thoughts are on this topic in the comments!   How does a woman’s experience finding psychological well-being from a wolf (Canis lupus) spirit guide contrast to that of a woman following a similarly romanticised quest with a …

A Guide Dog's Bell

Here is another paper which I wrote for my Masters in Anthrozoology and thought you guys might find interesting. Tell me what your thoughts are on this topic in the comments!   The independence given to a visually impaired individual by their guide dog for the blind (also known as seeing eye dog; henceforth “guide dog”) can seem to slip …

Is musicality a uniquely human trait?

Here is another paper which I wrote for my Masters in Anthrozoology and thought you guys might find interesting. Tell me what your thoughts are on this topic in the comments!   The nature-culture dichotomy has been partly fueled by the belief that humans are unique in their musicality. A simple definition of musicality can be difficult to agree upon, …

Our Need for Perfection

Photo by: Jessica Trinh Sometimes it feels as though the world is suffocating from a thick need for perfection. Social media is no help – we see the highlight reels of everyone’s lives constantly. TV shows, Facebook, Instagram… most of it is very staged and only a rare few will share their mistakes or „low points“ with the world. So even …

Are dogs persons? Personhood through the human lens…

Here is one of the papers I submitted for my Masters in Anthrozoology which I wanted to share with you all: Humans often accept dogs (canis lupus familiaris) as being somewhat human-like and part of the family (Shir-Vertesh, 2012; Blouin, 2013; Irvine, 2004b; Albert and Bulcroft, 1988; Irvine, 2004a; Irvine, 2004b; Beck and Katcher, 1996; Cain, 1985; Hickrod and Schmitt, …