Thursday, December 11, 2014

Animals are Smarter than we Realize

Yesterday Gary was looking at the computer and I was sitting on the bed.  We'd just let Barney in to eat some food. Barney's been doing better but still has a slight cough and a runny eye. The telephone rang and it was our neighbor wanting to know how Barney was because she hadn't seen him in a couple of days. We said he was fine that we'd been keeping him in since it has been so cold but we let him out when he wanted.

Our neighbor also feeds Barney as do other neighbors around here. He was the local cat before we moved here. While Gary was talking to our neighbor I could  hear her voice. Finally Gary hung up and Barney started looking around and ran to the door. Gary let Barney out.

I watched Barney as he went out the door and he was looking around like he was looking for someone. I said to Gary I think he's looking for the neighbor. I'll bet he's going down to the fence to see if she is there. I went into the living room and looked out the window and sure enough he was just about to the fence and was looking in the neighbor's direction. I came back in the room and told Gary that Barney had heard the neighbor's voice on the phone and went looking for her. I asked Gary to call the neighbor and tell her Barney was at the fence waiting for her. She said she'd go out and give him some food. Sometimes animals are smarter than we realize. Barney heard the neighbor's voice on the phone and recognized it and ran to where he always sees her.

Oh I changed my comments to embedded at Joanne's suggestion, please see if that makes a difference for the captcha. It did for me. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

16 comments:

  1. What a cool cat! He seems to have found his own way of life!

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    1. he visits everyone in the neighborhood and lives like a king

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  2. We judge animals intelligence by what we know...not by what they may know. They're amazing...

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    1. yes by what we know, you are so right

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  3. Smart cat and touching story.
    I still have to type the number verification.
    ugh.

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    1. try signing in to google and then you don't have to do the number, oh maybe you do because you are wordpress , I do allow open id comments, the number verification comes up for me but I just hit publish and it takes my comment, see if that works for you

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  4. That's a really smart kitty. What a great story he gave you to share with us. Yay, no word verification!

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    1. so glad I mentioned the verification on my blog as Sue and Joanne both had good suggestions to save me and others all the trouble

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  5. When your only job is to be sweet and cute you are smart.

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    1. yeah, and to stay alive by your wits because he was on his own for several years when no one lived in this house

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  6. They definitely do remember. Years back my partner was away (overseas). After he rang poor Moby would hunt the house for him - crying when he couldn't find him.
    Glad that the dreaded WV is gone.

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    1. thanks so much I had no idea that I could just bypass it, it makes a world of difference and this embedded commenting allows me to reply to each person

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  7. I'm learning more and more about something I knew nothing about until yesterday. Another blogger explained the embedded thing, which I passed along, and now we see if Google knows you, you're not a robot. What will happen when the robots storm the bastions of Google?
    Anyway, years ago there was a neighborhood cat where my daughter lived. His name was Neighborhood. Beth was the last tenant taking care of Neighborhood in the end, and he was buried with full honors in my woods, so everyone would know where he was. Four people from the old neighborhood came for the burial. Neighborhood looked much like Barney.

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    1. it worked like a charm and I don't need to use the numerical captcha as Sue suggested. what a great name neighborhood. Ha

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  8. Barney is lucky that you and Gary moved in to help take care of him. It sounds like you two have nice neighbors as well. I too think cats are rather smart.
    Word verification is gone :-) !

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  9. If Barney's missing, don't call the police. He's at my house. Oh, but he's adorable! Hmm, what's this embedded thing?

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