Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals - Rupert Sheldrake My old dog Sam travels to work with me every Friday. See that happy face?


That's Sam driving to work with me one Friday. I never say a word about it being Friday until I'm nearly walking out the door because he gets ridiculously excited and when he gets excited, he pees. Not just a dribble either. Let me tell ya, there's nothing like getting peed on when you're all dressed and running late for work. It took me a few years before I discovered that telling Sam ahead of time that "It's Friday Sam, we're going for a ride!" was a very bad idea. Now that he's getting up in years and prefers to sleep in on these frigid mornings, I usually have to nudge him awake and drag his furry butt out the door to do his business before leaving for work. Except for Fridays. Without fail, he is the first dog up with tail wagging, anxious to start the day. But only on Fridays. The rest of the week he feigns sleep so he can avoid the cold for just a few more minutes. It's bizarre but he always knows when Friday has arrived. I swear he counts the days . . . Which is my long winded-way of explaining why I picked up this book about dogs and the things they know. I'm hoping to get a little insight in Sam's behavior.

This was interesting to start. It's filled with lots of scientific information backed up by field research and testimonials. But I ended up losing interest in it because it wasn't what I was expecting. Just don't ask me what exactly it was that I was expecting because I don't really know. This is a scientific account of trials and recordings done on animals to test their psychic ability with small paragraphs of examples of various animals. I ended up getting bored, putting it aside and haven't had the urge to finish it.