THEY SEE US ABOVE
Dogs are speechless. But, as compensation, the nature gave them the ability and extremely subtle sense of the mood and intentions not only of their relatives, but also of people. Dogs, by subtle changes in facial expressions, intonations, the subconscious movements of our muscles, by the subtle smells of certain hormones, feel our mood and can accurately foresee our reactions. A properly educated (socialized) dog perfectly understands the difference between a attacking bully and a man running to a bus. Able to unmistakably understand the difference between fun festivities and aggressive mobs.
Example 1. We regularly celebrated festivities “Birthday of the city.” Everything is as usual: crowds of people in the central square, numerous tents with food and festive fireworks. Since there were a lot of dogs with us, we stood on the edge of the sea of people, near the tents with the edibles. The fireworks themselves were not interested in festivities of the dogs, but the abundance of food caused general enthusiasm. The Bernas, along with the cocker, set off to hunt around barbecue. Mark, the younger Rottweiler, fished out a package somewhere, half full of leftovers and lay down to gut it on the nearest lawn. Frank, our leader, rushed to fish in the forest of human feet. The crowd was crowded, but at the level of the legs there was enough space for a large dog and there were obviously enough fallen delicacies under their feet. Frank occasionally emerged into the “clearing” of the human forest — once with a bag of crackers, once with a piece of baguette, he was convinced that we had not gone anywhere, and, chomping, again went into the search.
Infuriated mass of people greeted salutes with a joyful roar. In such darkness, crowdedness and crush, dogs undoubtedly had to step on their feet several times, push or stammer about them, but none of the dogs showed a reaction of fear or aggression. The dogs got used to the people and did not perceive the joyful excitement of the crowd as a threat, just imbued with the atmosphere of the holiday and taking advantage of the moment, they also praised the feast of the belly between the tents. Satisfied were going home, with oily, fat eyes. At the feast, everything is permitted. It is interesting that people absolutely adequately reacted to dogs — they stroked and treated. As if the atmosphere of the festivities removed blocks between other biological species.
Example 2. One day late in the evening I went to see a girlfriend and took only Frank with me. We walked through the courtyards of high-rise buildings, and Frank, as usual, raided from the entrance to the entrance, supervising the tanks at the waste bins. It was located at a distance of about 20 meters from us and, at first glance, absolutely did not pay attention to us. In one of the courtyards there was a small incident. I walked across the courtyard along a narrow path trodden in the snow. A stranger was walking towards me. When we reached each other, the man suddenly grabbed me by the jacket and pulled me to myself — all this silently, without a word. It happened so quickly and unexpectedly that I did not have time to make a sound, or even get scared by the present. Maybe I would have been frightened, but at that very moment Frank appeared near us, as if from nowhere (after all, before that, he was rummaging in tanks at the entrance!). He also silently jumped towards us and literally pushed the stranger away from me. I didn’t attack him and didn’t even growl, just a glance directed into the eyes of a man became so intent and prickly that the man dropped his hands and went on his way. Frank lowered the raised wool and also continued on his way as if nothing had happened. Throughout this incident, I was most struck by two things. The first is how he, going about his business far enough, so quickly realized that I need help? The second is how adequate his intervention was, no more and no less than was necessary! Even people in stress and fever do not always manage to establish the boundaries of necessary defense.
Example 3. In the late evening we walked with a crowd of dogs on the empty streets of the outskirts of the city. We were met by a woman. A huge woman, tall and wide as a wardrobe and completely drunk. The dogs were used to seeing everything on the streets and would have passed by without paying any attention to it, but the aunt began to curse and tried to kick the dog walking beside her. Naturally, it did not hit (on the icy sidewalk it was difficult to just stand on my feet, even to a sober person), but the dogs began to wind up and, in turn, send the aunt …. the forest. The situation was comic and, I confess, we were dying of laughter, instead of immediately intervening. But the woman was not afraid of dogs (drunken knee-deep sea) and the dogs clearly did not take the situation seriously. They rode around her and swore, their facial expressions did not express anger or tension, rather enthusiasm. Just a nasty skirmish, a game, a piquant variety of everyday walk. The inflamed woman was waving her arms and kicking, trying in vain to pry the dogs with a boot. Here Frank has distinguished himself again. She jumped behind her at the moment when she lifted her leg for the next kick. In fact, she was standing on one leg, hardly keeping her balance. He jumped and with his front legs pushed her strongly in the back and at the same moment lowered his head, clutching his heel of that leg on his feet.