Penny and I are both inquisitive and both have bad hair days. So I had a good laugh when I came across this photo accompanying an article at Itchmo, one of my favorite sites, that says News for cats and dogs - You And Your Pet May Be More Alike Than You Think
I think one of the reasons people and their dogs become more and more alike as time passes is that the human rewards the dog for certain behaviours. For instance, Penny has always been encouraged to explore and to experiment. That's why we have to put up with digging-up of plants, tearing-up of newspapers and slow walks around the streets.
We set off when Penny was young to learn obedience. I'm embarrassed to say we didn't even pass level three. The trouble was, I got bored and so did she. I wanted something more lively and so did she.
I'm the kind of person who is interested in many different things and that's probably why Penny knows a bit of obedience, a little agility and a few doggy dancing steps. My father used to say, 'Jack of all trades, master of none.' Well, that's me - and I guess Penny is doomed to be the same.
At All For Animals Karen Lee Stevens asks, 'Do Mutts Match Their Masters?' She seems to be having great fun sipping iced tea as she researches it but doesn't come to a definite conclusion.
Here's the study into pets and owners mentioned by Karen Lee Stevens. It appears to by a genuine study that decides that people might pick dogs to resemble themselves and that if the puppies are purebred the owners are likely to get what they want. However, Michael Roy and Nicholas Christenfeld point out that the study was published on the day before April first and suggest it could be a joke.
But an article in The Southern Digest treats it seriously and has a quote that I can relate to:
"People are attracted to looks and temperaments that reflect themselves or how they perceive themselves," said Gail Miller, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club. Miller, who has owned several bearded collies, described her "beardies" as gregarious, active dogs.
"I'm definitely like them -- very outgoing, likes to have fun and get active," she said.