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When I was a little kid about eight or nine years old (yes, I was actually a little kid once), I had a best friend named Niki. She was a year older than me, which means that I looked up to her as wiser, more beautiful and far more intuitive than I would ever be.

When we weren't recreating scenes from Battlestar Galactica or Charlie’s Angels (I was always Kelly), we were writing screenplays or more importantly, conducting in-depth observation and scientific studies that usually centered around UFOs or animals.

One for these studies was designed to prove that we could communicate with animals...

The way this study worked was simple: after synchronizing our watches, one of us would go into a room with an animal while another went to an adjoining room alone. Neither of us were allowed to speak to the animal or each other for the duration of the study. Each of us had a pad of paper and a pen that we used to take extensive notes on our findings.

The theory was that animals are psychic and can communicate via thought to humans, and since we knew that humans only use a very tiny percentage of our brains, we believed that most of us just didn’t know how to access that higher level of thought that communication with animals required.

The person in the room would observe every action of the animal and record the exact time the animal did something. The person in the other room would psychically send a series of commands (such as “Sit, down, roll over, etc.”). Then we would write down the exact time that we psychically transmitted these thoughts to the dog.

After 30 minutes or so, we would compare our notes, looking for proof that animals could communicate through thought.

Our findings? Well, it didn't take long for us to understand that it's hard to prove if an animal is responding to thoughts, stimuli, etc. Especially when you’re an eight-year-old.

What we did learn, besides the fact that we would probably have made great scientists, is that the animals we were most closely bonded with tended to respond to our psychic commands much better than they did to a command given by someone who didn’t know the animal as well. The stronger the connection to the animal, the higher the chance that the dog would respond.

For instance, my dog Lance responded to my thought command almost 40% of the time. He responded to her thought command less than 5%. But, her dog responded to her commands far more often than he did to mine.

Niki always played the role of skeptic in these experiments, while I in my eternal optimism and belief that the experiment would work, played the role of believer. Now I have to wonder if those mentalities also had something to do with the results.

While the experiment would never hold up to today’s scientific inquiry, it makes you wonder… How do dogs know when you’re coming home a block before you reach the house? How do they know when you’re headed to the veterinarian and not the park?

We want to know what you think... Can animals respond to our thoughts? And more importantly, what kind of television shows did you act out as a child?
 

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About the Author

Stacy Mantle is a freelance writer who currently resides in the southwestern deserts of Arizona with a few dogs, several cats, and a very understanding husband. She is a regular contributor to Pet Age Magazine, Catster, Animal Behavior College, and of course, PetsWeekly. Many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She is also the author of a bestselling urban fantasy/thriller, Shepherd's Moon; a humor book entitled, Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals (Without Becoming One), and a line of Educational Activity Books for children.


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