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    ... anyone who has ever had a dog or cat (or both) or grew up on a farm with many animals, the way they look at you, deep within, means they are sentient beings..., just with a different language.  We have to adapt ourselves to paying attention to body language and sounds.

    It's not unlike a mother getting used to her baby's sounds.  She knows which cries are panic or fear or distress ... or just fussing and wanting attention ... or when the baby is sick ... or the giggles & laughter, or when the baby is playing contentedly and just making gurgling noises.  The sounds are all different.  It's up to Mom (and Dad, if he's "tuned in" to his child) to be able to interpret all the various sounds and know what each one means.  Then there's the body language and paying attention to facial expressions.

    What's fun is catching baby trying to imitate your words even as early as three or four months old.  The cadence will be there with baby's sounds, even if not the words yet..., but Mom (or Grandma) just naturally goes into the big exaggerated sounds when baby is looking at her mouth and concentrating on how the sounds are made.  Babies are fascinated with mouths and the sounds that come out of them.  As soon as they can get their fine motor skills working, notice they'll reach straight for an adult's mouth to see what's inside the mouth to see how the words are formed.

    So, if we can interpret the sounds of our animals, their body language, we're partway there to "talking with the animals."

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:56:02 PM PST

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