Do you read to your pets?

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  1. profile image0
    Toby Hansenposted 12 years ago

    This may sound strange, but do you read to your pets?

    Every night in bed, I read a story from Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soulto my Lab X, Rusty. He sits or lies on the bed next to me, and it is obvious that he is listening intently to every word.

    There are some very touching stories in that book, and quite often I lose my battle with the tears. When that happens, Rusty comes right up the bed, licks me, and buries his head in my chest.

    Not having had human children, I suppose it shows that primal instinct of a parent to read a story before bed.

  2. IzzyM profile image86
    IzzyMposted 12 years ago

    I've sometimes read out the Riot Act to my pets, but read aloud to them? No.

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      Toby Hansenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Izzy.

      Yes, Rusty hears that from time to time, as well. smile

  3. Lisa HW profile image64
    Lisa HWposted 12 years ago

    No - not me.  I've always talked to them in a variety of different ways, tried to help them learn through some gesturing, played music and attracted them to sit nearby an seem to listen, and sung to them (silly songs that I think will let them know, or least create the impression, that I'm happy and all is well) - but no reading.  It's nice to know someone does, though.  They appreciate it when people use their voices to let them know someone is trying to engage them.    smile

  4. sofs profile image79
    sofsposted 12 years ago

    Hey, I always read interesting stuff to my little, pretty choco girl, sometimes I read what I write to her, she just tits her head and looks at me with those huge eyes of hers.

    She sometimes puts her head on my lap as I read to her all the time standing on two legs.. I always think that she understands it all...  smile

    she is happy to get all the attention... so its more about her than the reading!!!! big_smile big_smile big_smile

  5. tobey100 profile image61
    tobey100posted 12 years ago

    Nope.  Taught them how to read so I have more free time.

    1. sofs profile image79
      sofsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      haha  LOL  lol

    2. TamCor profile image79
      TamCorposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Oh my gosh...that is soooooo funny--good one! hahaha   lol lol lol

      Toby--that's such a sweet story, thanks! smile

  6. prettydarkhorse profile image55
    prettydarkhorseposted 12 years ago

    I talked to pets when I had one before.

    What you shared is sweet.

  7. Whitney05 profile image85
    Whitney05posted 12 years ago

    Nope. They don't get anything out of it.

  8. habee profile image93
    habeeposted 12 years ago

    No, but I sing to them. I sing popular tunes to them, changing the real lyrics to fit the furkids.

  9. moneymakerroz profile image60
    moneymakerrozposted 12 years ago

    I do on occasion, when I want to read, they'll sometimes snuggle up with me so it's like reading to them. It's fun!!

    1. Castlepaloma profile image75
      Castlepalomaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      My pet ferret waits for the movie to come out.

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        Toby Hansenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I hope your ferret realises that the movie is never quite the same as the book.
        Unless it is the Lord of the Rings... then the movie is not even of the book.

        1. Castlepaloma profile image75
          Castlepalomaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          My ferret's name was tazz, most fearless creature I ever met. She loved nature shows mostly and pretended she was defending herself from other animals.

  10. FloBe profile image66
    FloBeposted 12 years ago

    I used to read to my cat when I was single. My Persian loved it probably because he found the sound of my voice soothing smile not because he actually understood the words. When I got married I ceased this activity since I didn't want him to think I was more crazy than I already am! LOL

  11. Lyria profile image61
    Lyriaposted 12 years ago

    I've never read to my dogs, but what a great idea! I bet they would fall asleep right away.

  12. Jessie junly profile image58
    Jessie junlyposted 12 years ago

    Dog is not only an animal,and not only a pet...
    they could be our friend and clother than the stranger..
    and we just could understand each other after a peried of time...

  13. wychic profile image82
    wychicposted 12 years ago

    I don't, but my dog doesn't know that smile. I use voice recognition software to rough draft my transcription projects, as well as for a lot of my articles, and she loves to curl up in my lap and listen. Since I only have to glance back at the screen every now and then to make sure it's still copying down what I say I can often pet her and pay attention to her while I'm working, and she does really seem to enjoy the whole process. She watches like a hawk whenever I get near my headphones just to see if I'll happen to plug them in.

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      Toby Hansenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hehe. Half your luck! Every time that Rusty sees me slide out my keyboard, he decides that it is time to play "jump on Mum".


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