Thursday 13 September 2018

The answer is NO

Sometimes I wonder about my human's choices of reading material.

For example, there is clearly only one possible answer to the question posed in the title of the book pictured here...

... And it's a one word answer at that.

Quite how Professor de Waal spun it out to 300 pages beats me.

Disappointingly, most of the book concerns the antics of assorted primate species, plus the occasional corvid and cetacean. But us canines do get a look in when it comes to the topic of undertaking functional magnetic resonance imaging studies on animal brains.

Apparently it is not so easy to train a chimp to sit still while conscious inside a noisy MRI scanning machine. Dogs do better, although having read that treats are not forthcoming for the duration of the actual scan (something to do with jaw movements making the picture of the brain too blurry) my interest in volunteering for this particular area of scientific research has lessened somewhat.


  1. We're with you, Bertie. No treats, No cooperation. That's the rule.

  2. absolutely... and that monkeys have to wear diapers because they can not use the backyard... butt we dogs can ... mostly...

  3. Hari OM
    indeed Bertie lad... not sure I'd be volunteering to get into a magnetic tube either. Treats or no treats! hugs and wags YAM-aunty xxx

  4. I'm wif ya - no treats, no sitting still.

  5. Bertie I'm with you 100% I don't like being confined or having to sit very very still unless it is MY IDEA.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  6. Our Angel Ciara had an MRI, and she did very well per her neurologist. But she did have a seizure on the way back from the imaging center to the vet's office. Too much stress, we guess.

    We think humans need a lot more training because we don't think they do a very good job at figuring out what we are thinking - don't they know that TREATS are always on our mind???

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  7. We'd have to agree on all counts...the answer is a definite NO...and we would never do anything without the promise of payment!
    Rosy, Jakey and Arty

  8. yeah...NO. Just no.
    No boring scan. period. geesh, is this even a thing?? Is there something wrong with those doggies, that they would gets in that tube for NOTHING?? Maybe they DO needs a scan of their brains! BOL!
    Ma says she fell asleep in one of those one time. yeah, she's that special. ;)
    Ruby ♥

  9. It takes 300 pages cause people don't like the answer. They are also jealous of our ability to lick our bums.