Sioux Falls Zoologists

"Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!"

The mirror test is an experiment developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. to determine whether an animal possesses the ability to recognize itself in a mirror. It is the primary indicator of self-awareness in non-human animals and marks entrance to the mirror stage by human children in developmental psychology. Animals that pass the mirror test are: Humans older than 18 mo, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Orangutans, Gorillas, Bottlenose Dolphins, Orcas (Killer Whales), Elephants, and European Magpies. Others showing signs of self-awareness are Pigs, some Gibbons, Rhesus Macaques, Capuchin Monkeys, some Corvids (Crows & Ravens) and Pigeons w/training. (Sorry Kitty!)

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Dogs Never Lie About Love
for showing us that dogs share our basic emotions and drives.

Dogs Never Lie About Love
Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs
By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Dogs Never Lie About Love (1997) - 274 pages
Dogs Never Lie About Love at Amazon.com

Dogs fill our lives with love, our hearts with devotion, and our minds with wonder, yet their complex emotional lives have remained unexplored since Darwin 125 years ago. Now Jeffrey Masson, the controversial psychoanalyst and best-selling author of When Elephants Weep - the taboo-breaking book about the emotional lives of animals in the wild - turns at last to the species that first brought him to his love of animals as a child, exploring the rich inner landscape of "our best and truest friend."

As he guides readers through the surprising depth of canine emotional complexity, Jeffrey Masson draws from myth and literature, from scientific studies, and from the stories and observations of dog trainers and dog lovers around the world. But the stars of the book are Masson's own three dogs - Sasha, Sima, and Rani - whose delightful and mysterious behavior provides the way to exploring a wide range of subjects -from emotions like gratitude, compassion, loneliness, and disappointment to speculating what dogs dream of, how they perceive of other species (including humans), and how their powerful sense of smell shapes their perception of reality. As he sweeps aside old prejudices on animal behavior, Masson navigates through the rich universe of dog feeling to its essential core, their "master emotion": love.

Like the dogs he loves, Masson's writing will captivate you with its playful, mysterious, and serious sides. Its surprising insights provide a new dimension of understanding for dog lovers every-where and will forever change the way you look at - and think about - dogs.

Jeffrey Masson has a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Harvard University and graduated from the Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute. He was briefly projects director at the Sigmund Freud archives; the documents he found there on Freud's approach to child abuse created a major controversy in psychoanalysis. He has written more than a dozen books, including most recently the national best seller When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals (with Susan McCarthy). He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, child, two cats, and three dogs.

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Dogs Never Lie About Love
Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs
By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Dogs Never Lie About Love
for showing us that dogs share our basic emotions and drives.