What's In a Face?
Jennifer mentioned a while back that she wished all her cute little Poms in their pastel sweaters were "smiling" in the picture. I thought that was a cute thing to say, showing how much we see our pets as almost human.
But then I got to thinking about it the other day, when Scooter had a "look" on his face, and I realized, pets really do show expressions on their faces that we can read just like we can read a human face.
All three dogs were all over me on the couch. Scooter was jealous, and he was staring at Peanut with that look I know to be a mix of jealousy and ready-to-push him away. A look a jealous girlfriend might give if she spied her man checking out the headlights of woman in a low-cut top. His eyes narrowed a bit and he stared with a fixed gaze of disdain.
Peanut has a "leave-me-alone" look, the typical, slightly curled lip. Peanut, to me, also seems to often have a "worried" look on his face, like when he's protecting his ball or chewie as Scooter walks by. Or the eager, waiting for dinner look, or the it's-time-for-a-bath look or the caught-in-the-act look. They are endless, really.
Then you have the "wild" look--the look they get when they are all hyped up about something. Eyes big and excited, tongue out. The picture on the far right is actually Bennie, My Mom's favorite child. He had just had a short hair cut and then a bath, and was in that frisky mood. You can tell by the look on his face. The pictures second from left is my friend's dog Freeway when she was at the Humane Society before being adopted. She does have a real smile on her face!
Cats too have certain looks that give their emotions away, like when they spot a bird they think they can catch, for example, or are hiding and waiting to pounce and scare each other.
So, what can you read in the pet faces around you?
posted by Sandy at 4/12/2007 10:38:00 AM