Dog Toy | East Wenatchee, WA | 2013
Some animal behaviorists pooh-pooh the notion of emotions in canines. They claim “dog people” mistaken pack instincts — subservience to an alpha leader — as loyalty, devotion and even love. Pooch owners scoff, of course. They’ve repeatedly seen their four- footed friends express a wide spectrum of feelings: joy, playfulness, excitement, curiosity, suspicion, nervousness, fear. Wave a bacon treat: Expectation. Scratch their ears: Bliss. Dress them in reindeer antlers: Embarrassment. Our dog Joey believes the world is one giant playground. He drags out his toy basket daily to gleefully amuse himself with favorites, including Mr. Sock Monkey.