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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 21:33:03

Just bred to run in flat races and not over jumps Envious. Usually don't have the stamina for long distance races either. Finding out more from my American racing chum.

Tegan Sun 12-May-13 22:14:27

merlotgran Sun 12-May-13 22:29:20

My cat and I have quality time in the greenhouse. She curls up on the bench and I tell her what I'm potting up. We listen to Classic FM and the chickens join in. It's the only time we get away from the Jack Russells who are always hogging the limelight.

seasider Sun 12-May-13 22:29:30

I volunteer for the Childline Schools Service and when we are talking to the children about who they can talk to, about their problems, we often suggest a pet. If a child can tell their problems to a pet first it can help them to find the courage to tell a trusted adult. smile

LizG Mon 13-May-13 07:31:09

Thank you Tegan. That made me laugh; unheard of on a Monday morning!

Iam64 Mon 13-May-13 07:31:13

We all talk to our dogs here, and the dogs "talk" back. Each has a different accent, and approach to life, which reflects their personalities. Yes, I know ........ but it is increasingly good fun - perhaps I'll take to wearing purple

shysal Mon 13-May-13 08:16:58

I talked baby-talk to my 'Baby Boy' cat this morning as he was sitting in the hall, only to discover later that it was my sports bag. I am always doing that, but the response is similar whether pet or inanimate object!

feetlebaum Mon 13-May-13 08:25:41

I had a chatty Siamese... on one occasion she looked me in the eye and said, quite clearly, "Marigold"... the rest of it was plain Cattish.

Charley, the Cairn, talked silently with his expressions... so I confess we (wife#2 and I) made up his dialogue for him. But you know things are not going well when you find yourself talking through the animal -- "I don't think Mummy's very pleased with us, Tiddles, do you?" sort of thing.

Nonu Mon 13-May-13 08:28:47

ian , you never know , the colour may well suit you .

Shysal , CSL

shysal Mon 13-May-13 09:12:04

Sorry, Nonu, CSL? Excuse my ignorance! Googled it and came up with:
A sofa chain store,
Chartered seat license,
Computer speech lab,
Chinese sign language,
C. S. Lewis

Somehow none seems applicable to my madness! grin

Nonu Mon 13-May-13 09:17:37

CSL = can"t stop laughing . smile

shysal Mon 13-May-13 09:26:52

Duh! Of course!

Lilygran Mon 13-May-13 10:23:16

I thought everyone talked to their pets? It seems quite natural that if the pet is there when you think, 'Time for tea' you say it aloud. Apart from the actual conversations you have with the animal like, 'Oh, what lovely paws' etc. I'll stop there. grin

Charleygirl Mon 13-May-13 11:10:31

I talk to my cat a lot and she loves it, especially when I say "beddies" and she runs upstairs and jumps on my bed, knowing that it is quality time for her with strokes and lots of love.

MrsSB Mon 13-May-13 11:35:32

I talk to my dog all the time, and he knows exactly what I'm talking about, lol. Particularly if I mention walk, or food, or one of his toys, haha!

Sel Mon 13-May-13 11:38:42

MrsSB ha! and I bet he finds you very interesting smile

Lilygran grin

Ella46 Mon 13-May-13 11:39:49

I haven't got any pets any more, so I talk to myself, all the time ! blush

I think it can be very therapeutic, as I can say out loud, all the stuff I can't/won't say to the people, (won't say who!) that have hurt me so much.angry

Not to mention all the mundane stuff..."Right it's time to get the hoover out...Oh, do I have to? ..........Yes you do so just get on with it!" grin
Said, of course, in my sternest voice!

feetlebaum Mon 13-May-13 11:43:10

Oh noes, not Mr Hoover!

inthefields Mon 13-May-13 13:29:17

Much relieved that if I am losing my marbles in talking to the dogs and cats, then at least I seem to be doing it in very good company grin

Thank you for all the reassurance.

glammanana Mon 13-May-13 13:37:07

I've just read these lovely posts,walked into the lounge and asked Barney if he was ok and he rolled over yawned and went back to sleep so much for conversation with my pooch.grin

dorsetpennt Mon 13-May-13 14:04:27

Don't we all talk to our pets? I have just a pussy cat left now - my tabby and my two labs went 6 years ago. I've always chatted to my pets, even when we had hamsters. My little cat Milly sometimes answers me and she always greets me when I come home from work.
Does it make me a bit potty? I expect so but I don't care.

Nonu Mon 13-May-13 14:56:28

I do know when we mnd DS dog , I am always talking to him and telling himm what a lovely and good boy he is .

tootler Mon 13-May-13 17:26:01

All the time, always have done. We are down to one dog now, a beautiful greyhound, and he listens intently, staring straight at me. Admittedly he might just think I'm barking mad but I like to believe he is taking it all in.

mrsmopp Mon 13-May-13 21:38:49

Perfectly normal to talk to pets, after all you get a pet for company so it would not be normal to ignore them. My dog used to listen to me very attentively, head on one side, so of course she knew exactly what I was on about. And she had the intelligence to agree with me.
Sadly she's up in doggie heaven. I exoect she just listens to the angeks now..

positivepam Mon 13-May-13 21:52:21

I didn't think there was anyone who didn't talk to their dogs. I always talk to mine and they do understand, extremely intelligent and they always pick up if I am sad etc.or not well and always there to keep me company. I do sometimes prefer their company to some people, they never answer back and always agree with me and they of course always know I am right. grin