Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: Fully Updated and Revised
Many people who have ever owned a pet will swear that their dog or cat or other animal has exhibited some kind of behavior they just can't explain. How does a dog know when its owner is returning home at an unexpected time? How do cats know when it is time to go to the vet, even before the cat carrier comes out? How do horses find their way back to the stable over completely unfamiliar terrain? And how can some pets predict that their owners are about to have an epileptic fit?
These intriguing questions about animal behavior convinced world-renowned biologist Rupert Sheldrake that the very animals who are closest to us have much to teach us about biology, nature, and consciousness.
Filled with captivating stories and thought-provoking analysis, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home is a groundbreaking exploration of animal behavior that will profoundly change the way we think about animals, and ourselves. After five years of extensive research involving thousands of people who own and work with animals, Sheldrake conclusively proves what many pet owners already know -- that there is a strong connection between humans and animals that lies beyond present-day scientific understanding.
With a scientist's mind and an animal lover's compassion, Sheldrake compellingly demonstrates that we and our pets are social animals linked together by invisible bonds connecting animals to each other, to their owners, and to their homes in powerful ways. Sheldrake's provocative ideas about these social, or morphic, fields explain the uncanny behavior often observed in pets and help provide an explanation for amazing animal behavior in the wild, such as migration and homing.
Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home not only provides fascinating insight into animal, and human, behavior, but also teaches us to question the boundaries of conventional scientific thought. This remarkable book deserves a place next to the most beloved and valuable books on animals, such as When Elephants Weep, Dogs Never Lie About Love, and The Hidden Life of Dogs.
From the Hardcover edition.
before storms and before earthquakes are similar, and any animal-based earthquake warning system would need to take this fact into account. Otherwise impending storms could be mistaken for impending earthquakes, resulting in false alarms. Lightning is of course an electrical phenomenon, and it could well be that some, if not all, of the anticipatory reactions of animals depend on their sensitivity to the electrical changes that precede thunderstorms. This would support the electrical theory of
gasoline while repairing a car and then accidentally set himself afire with a welding tool. The dog was 200 yards away, through a couple of double garages and a yard, with Walter’s wife, Joan, when this happened. “Chrissie went berserk and made noises that she had never made before,” Joan said. She realized something was wrong and let Chrissie out. He rushed straight toward Walter. Joan followed and fortunately arrived in time to put the fire out. Chrissie had saved Walter’s life. In these two
waking experiences typically involved feelings of worry and distress, and some involved physical symptoms as well. For example, on May 20, 1997, Diane Arcangel of Pasadena, Texas, was leaving a hotel to go to the airport to catch a plane home. Soon after the car journey began, at 4:05 P.M. Texas time, she began to feel agitated, but could find no reason for it. She wrote as follows: As we continued the drive, I began to feel nauseated and to perspire. After about fifteen minutes I was feeling
Rob and picked up the phone to do so, and N’kisi said, ‘Hi, Rob,’ as I had the phone in my hand and was moving toward the Rolodex to look up his number.” “We were watching the end credits of a Jackie Chan movie, edited to a musical sound track. There was an image of him lying on his back on a girder way up on a tall skyscraper. It was scary due to the height, and N’kisi said, ‘Don’t fall down.’ Then the movie cut to a commercial with a musical sound track, and as an image of a car appeared,
In these tests rabbits were monitored for stress by measuring the blood flow through their ears. This was done painlessly by placing a small clip over a shaved part of one ear, on one side of which is a miniature light source, and on the other side a photoelectric cell. In this way the amount of light that shone through the ear could be measured continuously. When rabbits feel stress, the blood vessels in their ears contract, the blood flow decreases, and more light passes through. These