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talking to the dogs...

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inthefields Sun 12-May-13 13:46:01

(or "Paws for thoughts"!)

So, I live my myself, most of the time. I am in my fifties, still work three days a week (albeit from home) and make a lot of decisions routinely within the work role, so I would have said that I am mentally fairly robust and do not have any evidence of dementia (despite the usual memory lapses of losing glasses etc) BUT ...... I realised I have conversations with the dogs, and the siamese!
Now, to clarify, the conversations are very one-sided. I am not so far gone that I expect a reply, but did notice that I give the poor unassuming spaniels the benefit of a running commentary ....."shall we go in and have some lunch now then" "I think I am in need of a cup of tea" etc

Am I losing my marbles? ......does anyone else chat to the pets, or is it time to call the men in white?

Tegan Sun 12-May-13 14:00:27

Well, I'm pretty sure that the dogs don't answer back but I'd be very surprised if the siamese didn't [along with instigating conversations constantly 24/7]. Or have you got a quiet one [?].

inthefields Sun 12-May-13 14:21:28

smile Tegan
I have one who talks incessantly, one who only chats if he thinks his needs aren't being met, and one quite shy girl who hardly ever "chats". However, I suspect they all decided long ago that I am not their intellectual equal grin

tanith Sun 12-May-13 14:23:49

I talked to my cats all the time but now that I am 'catless' I find my self talking to myself sometimes I'm not even sure if its in my head or whether I spoke out loud... confused

Galen Sun 12-May-13 14:36:04

You're all barking!grin
Actually not having any pets, I talk to myself, which is, I think, worse!

Nonu Sun 12-May-13 14:38:51

Yeas , but you always get the replies you need galen . like it !

Sook Sun 12-May-13 14:54:15

inthefields over the years I became very fluent in Catmandu (cat speak) and I had very interesting conversations with all the beautiful cats I've known and loved.

Now grin I have greyhounds (two of them Irish) and I talk to them all the time and find myself answering back in an Irish accent.

Yes I am barking mad and if I were to reveal my surname you would laugh or should it be woof grin

whenim64 Sun 12-May-13 14:57:31

I talk to my dog all the time. She's very vocal and wanders round the house muttering about life in general, such as when she can see the postman or squirrels on 'her' fence. All in all, there's usually quite a bit of chat going on between us. I assumed that's what everybody did! grin

Nelliemoser Sun 12-May-13 15:37:12

Galen At least talking to yourself is one sure way of getting an intelligent conversation.

I talk to my budgies by refering to myself as "mummy" or "Nanna" since I became a Nanna. I know which it should be but I don't always say the right word.

Galen Sun 12-May-13 16:00:53

Not always!

yogagran Sun 12-May-13 16:12:15

I've been told that there's nothing to worry about as long as you know that you're doing it grin

numberplease Sun 12-May-13 17:33:50

I`m always talking to the cat, but I get the feeling that she doesn`t think I say anything worth listening to!

petra Sun 12-May-13 18:30:40

It's got nothing to do with age; I was very close to my cats and many years ago my OH heard me asking one of them " what's the time Dolly"!

Nanban Sun 12-May-13 18:50:46

You need a horse, horses talk all the time. I have Teddy, he understands me and I understand him.

carol123 Sun 12-May-13 18:54:44

Always chat to my dog and always have. He is my companion when I am here alone (which is not very often having a very busy home lol) Usually tell him the weather is bad when he wants to go out or how Im tired fed up etc. We dont go for walks anymore as he has a bad heart but is ok around the house and garden - he is 15 now.

Nonu Sun 12-May-13 18:57:58

Coo that"s a good age Carol .

Tegan Sun 12-May-13 19:00:33

Tegan Sun 12-May-13 19:02:15

^ for inthefields smile...

Enviousamerican Sun 12-May-13 19:34:57

My favorite part of the movie Tegan! smile

Tegan Sun 12-May-13 19:39:22

We'll be singing it for days now, won't we! Made me grow up wanting a cocker spaniel which was the first thing I did when I'd 'growed up'. By the way, Moltof came third [a very poor third]. Ex Nicky Henderson horse [may not have acclimatized yet, perhaps?] Seems to be a race for flat bred horses for some reason.

LizG Sun 12-May-13 20:05:24

I talk to my dog all the time but worse than this I talk to dogs on Facebook as well smile

Enviousamerican Sun 12-May-13 20:09:54

Tegan,you know so much about horses! flat bred,does that refer to the ground they are trained on? I was addicted to watching a live cam of puppies growing up that was on the web 24/7. sort of glad when they grew up and found homes.

inthefields Sun 12-May-13 20:29:45

Tegan ...thank you so much.
I had not seen that clip for decades, and laughed so much because that could be my house......and I really don't know whether I should grin or sad about it.
One of my siamese teases the dogs all the time, and one of the dogs chases straight for the noise when the sound of claws being sharpened on furniture rings through the air!

Bedlam .... so perhaps it is no wonder that I talk to the rabble.

Mishap Sun 12-May-13 20:34:17

I spend all day talking to my OH and get about as much response as I would from a dog - am I going mad too?!

To be fair to the lad, he does a good line in concentration - his mother did warn me when we were about to marry that if I spoke to him when he was reading, he would wait till he finished the sentence, place his finger on the last word and then look up at me - she was quite right!!

inthefields Sun 12-May-13 21:32:03

Another laugh! suddenly, I feel a lot happier about talking with the dogs grin
Have some flowers, Mishap