Global warming, the “universal boogeyman” of our times, is causing dog depression.

Literally ANYTHING can be blamed on global warming aka climate change. It’s like in ancient and medieval times, when bad weather was blamed on displeasure of the gods, and later, witches.

Get a load of this load of codswallop from Tom Bawden at the Independent:


Global warming might be causing dogs to become depressed, say pet behaviourists

Leading pet behaviourists say the number of depressed and unsettled dogs they have seen in recent months is unprecedented

A boredom epidemic is sweeping through Britain’s dog population – and global warming could be to blame.

Across the country, there are reports of down-in-the-mouth mutts, and under-the-weather canines.

Leading pet behaviourists told The Independentthat the number of depressed and unsettled dogs they have seen in recent months is unprecedented.

And they suggested that the spate of wet winters could be at the root of the problem, as owners cut down on the daily walks that are crucial to keeping dogs’ spirits up.

Sarah Fisher, an animal behaviour counsellor with around two decades experience, has also noticed a level of canine unrest that is unprecedented in her career. Ms Fisher works with horses as well as dogs and has noticed that the boredom is not confined to household pets.

“I’ve never seen our dogs or horses this bored before in 20 years. Horses that have lived happily outside before are saying ‘I actually can’t cope with this mud and wet anymore’,” she said.

“We’re turning them out of their stables and they’re saying ‘Get me back in straight away’.

“They can’t settle, they look bored, but actually it’s to do with physical stress and mental boredom, they can’t go off quietly and graze because they keep sliding around the field,” Ms Fisher added.

Source:
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/global-warming-could-be-causing-dogs-to-become-depressed-say-pet-behaviourists-a6854006.html


If only dogs and horses could talk, let alone comprehend such abstract concepts like “global warming”.

In other news, Kenji, our resident member of the Union of Concerned Scientists is not depressed, despite having a wet spring in California.

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80 thoughts on “Global warming, the “universal boogeyman” of our times, is causing dog depression.

  1. Who am I to judge, I am just a plain normal dog and sheep owner. My fist thought, reading this article: Dogs has a tendency to sense their owner’s mental state. If the dog owners would stop worrying about a bit extra CO₂ (plant food), enjoy the rain, snow and sunshine with their dogs, the owners would be happier and the dogs would be happier. However, not much sensation in that.

    • Exactly what I was thinking. What percentage of those dogs with issues ahve owners with similar issues?
      Dogs certainly do reflect the behavior of their respective human families. It is in their nature to reflect their surrounding influences.
      A dog that is constantly kicked by its owner learns to bite.
      A dog that is constantly neglected by its owner has no social skills.
      It only stands to reason, a dog that is constantly exposed to an environmant of climate fear expressed by their owners will display actions appropriate for that exposure

    • Did my post regarding doggie disposition mirroring owner habits get modded out or just vanished?

    • The joys of the English language.

      “I am just a plain normal dog and sheep owner”

      Amazing! A plain normal dog that owns sheep.

      Even more amazing that you can also type, unless you have voice recognition on your device and it understands woofery.

      Thanks for the chuckle

    • Sorry John In Oz if my English writing is so disturbing to you.

      Apart from that, I am not sure I had the correct assumption in the first place. Why? Because of this:

      A 2013 Canadian paper reported, “People who live or work in close proximity to IWTs have experienced symptoms that include decreased quality of life, annoyance, stress, sleep disturbance, headache, anxiety, depression and cognitive dysfunction.”
      Taken from: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/05/22/costly-wind-power-menaces-man-and-nature/

      The depressed dogs may have residence near IWTs. I find it very likely that dogs would often suffer from the infra-sound as some humans do.

      In that case one could conclude that the depression syndrome is a result of the solving of the non existing climate problem.

  2. No way, just doesn’t make sense for animals that originated on the steppes of Eurasia known for extremes.

    We live in Florida. We have an Airedale Terrier. He is our third Airedale. All of them preferred very cold weather but had no problem with warm weather long as they got enough water. Not sure what would depress an Airedale but global warming ain’t one. I am certain that whatever comes our Airedale will not bat an eye and somehow turn it into a new game.

    • 1.5 degrees C. since 1850. Yup. Riiiight. Roger!

      BTW, MOST “animal behaviorists” are nutters. Some of them claim to be clairvoyant and will “diagnose” your horse over the phone from Colorado at $50.00 a call. I am not making this up!

  3. 6 inches of snow overnight here in Boulder, Colorado and the dogs don’t look too sad as they bask in the heat of the wood stove. I won’t tell them that carbon dioxide is spewing out the chimney, that would certainly make them morose.

  4. ‘I actually can’t cope with this mud and wet anymore’???

    I don’t know about you but I always take seriously people who inform me as to what animals are saying. I would suggest that Sarah Fisher has lost her mind but as yet I haven’t seen any evidence to support the hypothesis that she ever had one. The fact that she is an animal behaviour counsellor isn’t working in her favor.

  5. Climate alarmist leftists are some of the most depressed, and now they are projecting their malaise on to their pets, another hilarious facet of their dementia.

  6. Dog day afternoon?
    It’s a dogs life?
    Just horsing around?
    In the doghouse?
    Horse liniment?

    The telling sign is, of course, are the horse fly’s fed up?

    Neiighhhhh.

    (Sorry, utterly ridiculous response to utterly ridiculous people).

  7. “If only dogs and horses could talk, let alone comprehend such abstract concepts like “global warming”.”

    Or nonsense like dog depression. Humans make animals their scapegoats and excuses for everything. A dog is “sad” when you don’t feed it, happy immediately after you do. They are NOT complicated. They do not care about rain, or mud and they are never bored. They lack the capacity. They may have nothing to do and improvise by eating your sofa, but that’s NOT boredom (or chewing on your hand and jumping in your face as in the case of my tiny yorkie). It’s what dogs do. It’s “who they are”.

    (Kenji looks great! Very cute critter!)

    “Sarah Fisher, an animal behaviour counsellor” which is equivalent to being a medium or a psychic. What drivel.

    • My dog certainly doesn’t care to go out when it’s raining. I have to seriously coax her.

      So now, cold and wet is caused by global warming.

    • the amount of dogs being given ssri meds is huge and growing
      left alone n bored they bark or ruin furniture etc
      must be a behavioural issue here have some meds.
      the pharmas are laughing all the way to the bank
      and as humans have aggresion and suicidal issues with those meds imagine the poor dogs unable to say anything if they snap because of the meds theyre likely to be euthanased orr surrendered.
      and that also means sudden withdrawal of meds cos rescues couldnt afford that, another big problem

  8. I am old enough to remember when “Literally ANYTHING” was blamed on the H-bomb. All those air tests in the Pacific were causing floods, droughts, depleting fish stocks, depression, baldness, delinquency, whatever. The MSM was full of the pronouncements of “experts”.

    Anyone else feel that the word “expert” is a tad overused these days in reports?

  9. Global Warming? That is just soooo not cool these days. Didn’t you know its now Global Heating? It must be official cos like Dr Bob Brown, Australian uber Greeny and anti coal einzatsgruppenfuhrer used that term on the Oz ABC’s The Drum last night.

  10. uhhh…

    ***************
    Sarah Fisher, an animal behaviour counsellor with around two decades experience
    *****************
    and global warming supposedly started 30+ years ago…
    so her experience does not even apply to the before and after the bristlecone pine show (starring I.AM.Not.A.Mann) series we have been dealing with.

  11. I blame it on evolution…

    40,000 years ago, Late Pleistocene:

    After 5:00 PM, Early Pomocene:

  12. If the owner of such an afflicted dog could only read its mind: “This is so embarrassing, to seen in public with such an out-and-out moron.”

  13. ——BREAKING NEWS——

    The Welsh village of Fairbourne is to be evacuated thanks to rising sea levels which will see it engulfed by Tuesday, 31st September 2045 at 14:36 hours and 29 seconds.

    The fact the village was built on a salt marsh has absolutely nothing to do with anything.

    WARNING!!!……..Guardian link! Those of anything but a stout disposition should refrain from clicking!

    https://tinyurl.com/yxum6nrt

    • Powers that be don’t want to use any resources to protect the town, but they will use precious resources to remove the town, infrastructure, and all trace of people to return the area to a salt marsh …. And they will use regulatory resources to prevent others from trying to protect themselves.

      whats the deal with that?

    • Yeah,
      The Jeremey Vine Climate Change Program [BBC Radio 2, 1200-1400 today, Tuesday] apparently had a half-hour on this. [I turned off at 1203].
      Even the Wiki-thing that we all can edit noted that Fairbourne is a part of Wales that the local council will not defend – they’ll let the waves roll into, and over, it. Eventually.
      BBC very gung-ho and in full Project Fear mode. I assume Vine blamed Climate Change, Brexit – and – wait for it – Trump.
      That is all the BC blames these days for anything [and often two of the three!].

      Auto

  14. They may be onto something. One of our cats likes to burrow under the quilt on the bed during the day. We suspect it’s because she’s trying to hide from climate change.

  15. Horses.
    The modern horse was brought to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico in the early 1500s.
    Despite considerable climate changes since they thrived.
    From an almost tropical climate and spreading northward survived in the semi-arid regions of the great plains to mountain valleys right up the cordillera.
    Wild, and on their own.
    Right up to central British Columbia where it can gets as cold as 50 below F.
    They have learned to live in both hot and cold climate regions.
    Animal “depression”–sensationalism.

  16. Stories like this in the media, and the independent is famous for publishing the worst of the nonsense doom claims, is good in my opinion, as stories like this really drive home the fact that all of these future doom claims are utter nonsense.

    I mean for FS, they have quotes from a flipping dog whisperer about Global warming 😀 😀 😀

    I say more of this type of thing from the media.

    The Guardian STILL has up their story about human emissions of CO2 causing earthquakes and typhoons 😀

    Oh please don’t stop Indo and Grauniad, you are waking the public up to the fact the scare stories come from rent seekers and unhinged loonies

  17. Maybe the animals *are* aware of all the flapdoodle coming from the climate alarmists and other nonsense, and the depression is their reaction to being in a world run by such people. The doggies are just saying “I can’t believe it. I’m surrounded by idiots.”

  18. Could we nominate Kenji for a leadership position within the Union of Concerned Scientists?

  19. I don’t know about dogs but my cat talks to me all the time.

    “Get me my treats”
    “Clean my litter box”
    “Let me out”
    “Let me in”
    “Change my water”
    “Leave me alone”

    Of course we all know that dogs have owners but cats have staff.

    • You shouldn’t listen to the “Let me out” part. Unless you’re keeping him on a leash.

  20. “We’re turning them out of their stables and they’re saying ‘Get me back in straight away’.

    When wind** is over 25 mph and gusting to 40, our horses like a little less exposure than being in an open field. They head for a spot on the lee side of a grove of trees and thick brush. I have never noticed rain, snow, or cold causing them to want to get into a building (stable). They don’t talk much, but I sense they would not approve of me closing them in.

    **wind – – – Many suspect that as prey-animals, horses do not like the noise and movement from all directions. Movement means limbs swaying, leaves, lawn chairs, or plastic things blowing around, or the neighbor’s loose metal roof sheets.
    Predation is a significant concern to a horse.

  21. If you wanna keep your dog happy, it’s real simple:

    1) Give them your attention

    2) Feed them well but not too much

    3) Take them out for exercise .. they absolutely could not care less what the weather is like outside, they always wanna go out, it’s in their genes. They may get a little raggedy looking if it’s especially hot or rainy or blowing hard, but so what? I’ve certainly never had a dog that preferred the indoors.

    • Just be aware on those hot summer days, if the street feels too hot to place your bare hand on, it could be too hot for your dogs bare paws

  22. I’m sorry, people, but Kenji is butt-ugly; in the same way our champion Pug Dogs were ugly at both ends.

    Little old ladies would hit me with their purses when I responded to their “Your infant daughter so beautiful!” with “You think so? She looks really ugly to me!”

  23. Kenji looks like he is sh1tting himself in abject terror at the thought of a 0.1°C temperature rise

    He knows that to compensate he will have to hope the lapse rate stays the same and walk on his hind legs.

    Go Kenji! Go!

    WUFF!

  24. Dog depression can be cured in less than three seconds with a single question, “Wanna go for a WALK?”

  25. “…they suggested that the spate of wet winters could be at the root of the problem”…”‘I actually can’t cope with this mud and wet anymore”.

    Because Britain has never, EVER, had wet winters or mud until man began emitting CO2 into the atmosphere. Just like California had never had fires and Colorado never had snow until now. Green New Deal or we all die by the year 2012!

  26. Maybe infrasound from wind turbines is the problem. They always look where the problem isn’t.

  27. Dogs are bored because human owners have gotten increasing lazy physically, while increasingly stimulated mentally — NOT a good combination.

    Physically lazy, mentally overstimulated adults, thus, are talking the talk of proper animal care, but (literally) are not walking the walk. That’s my suspicion, anyway.

    Mentally overstimulated humans are so focused on climate change/catastrophe/emergency/disruption or other entertainment that they might be ignoring their day-to-day obligations to their furry friends. Dogs are sick of the phrase, “climate change” — I propose this phrase as the new “attack” command for elite security dogs.

    “Sit”, “lie down”, “shake”, “roll over”, … “climate change” — NOT a pretty picture.

  28. I think the British dogs are depressed because of Brexit. They won’t be able to mate with French poodles any more…

  29. I get my two Belgian Malinois out every day to exercise (they’re high energy, high drive dogs). Yesterday, the high in Tucson was a whopping 70 F and sunny. Today’s high will be about 78 F and sunny. This week the high will run 10 F to 20 F below average. They are loving it. Memorial Day high is forecast at 86 F, perfect.
    Tucson typical first 100 F day is May 15th. This year, we probably won’t hit that until 1st week in June.

    We’re really enjoying this climate change thing.

    • My five month old German shepherd gets a pond liner full of fresh water everyday to dive into during his manic fast running of laps around the yard in the hot weather. He doesn’t seem too depressed about the heat. I thought he might have Malinois in him, since he is so high-drive, to the point of being one of those dogs [I suspect] that is a bit more challenging to get under control when they are fully wound up at this age.

      He obviously does not agree with the journalist’s assessment.

      Depressed?! … Ha, … sometimes I wish. (^_^)

  30. “And they suggested that the spate of wet winters could be at the root of the problem…”

    The met office provides a useful page where you can generate anomaly maps by month or season for rainfall.

    Winter 2019 was unusually dry.

    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/pub/data/weather/uk/climate/anomacts/2019/16/2019_16_Rainfall_Anomaly_1981-2010.gif

    Winter 2018 was drier than average in most of the country bar East Anglia – which is the driest part of the country.

    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/pub/data/weather/uk/climate/anomacts/2018/16/2018_16_Rainfall_Anomaly_1981-2010.gif

    Winter 2017 was unusually dry.

    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/pub/data/weather/uk/climate/anomacts/2017/16/2017_16_Rainfall_Anomaly_1981-2010.gif

  31. Of course, the article is based on fake statistics or perhaps no statistics.

    There is no unusual trend in UK rainfall which makes sense as global warming stopped in 1998.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/322810/average-rainfall-in-the-united-kingdom-uk/

    There also is no trend in winter rainfall.

    In fact the last 3 winters in the UK have been on the average better for dog walking than normal.

    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/2018/winter/regional-values

    UK
    Year – Winter Rainfall Percent of 1961 to 1990 average – Hours of Sunlight

    2015 – Rain 129%, Hours of Sun 119%
    2016 – Rain 166%, Hours of Sun 102%
    2017 – Rain 81%, Hours of Sun 151%
    2018 – Rain 103%, Hours of Sun 191%
    2019 – Rain 83%, Hours of Sun 126%

  32. Dogs and Cats are far too intelligent to be taken in by the whole ‘Global Warming/Climate Change’ Meme. They have their feet on the ground and can see that there is nothing unusual in the weather and hence the climate. As Einstein said: “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.’ He did not mention cats or dogs, only humans.

  33. Well, here in Aurora, CO (Denver suburb) my dogs are depressed because I have 8″ of “climate change” snow on May 21st, and we just set some records here for latest, heaviest snow in the Metro area. They don’t want to go outside.

    I thought climate change was supposed to cause long lasting drought? Now only 3% of Colorado is in drought and the mountains have about 170% of normal snowpack before this storm hit.

    It’s cyclical. It’s called weather.

  34. Rain is no big deal for the dog and dog walker.

    Cold on the other hand.

    We had a month of average high of -18C February (coldest February in 83 years) when I had my daughter’s Boston Terrier.

    Poor dog and helper ran to the pee and poo spot getting the job done in around 2 minutes.

    Walks were out of the question as he will not wear doggy boots.

  35. This is the sort of insane stuff we have seen throughout history – whipped up hysteria and finger-pointing. It ends in tyranny. To paraphrase Voltaire-A people that can be made to believe absurdities can be made to commit atrocities.

    • What a shame the mobile phone network is not the primary cause responsible for global warming. The left would then consider any changes to the weather desirable and a valued improvement to modern society. I am sure the young activists would quickly change the tune.
      It would make me happy if this proved to be the case, would love someone would start the rumor

      • Yeah, and add to the rumor that selfies cause cancer, texting leads to arthritis, playing video games leads to impotence, and body piercings interrupt vital nerve impulses to the brain (acupuncture gone bad).

  36. “when bad weather was blamed on displeasure of the gods, and later, witches.”

    The Gods are famously capricious, but, as far as I can tell, the witches were maligned.

    They were mainly responsible for good weather.

    If you compare the dates, you will note that as the persecution of witches became more severe, the Little Ice Age became more severe. By the end of the 18th century, the witches had been nearly completely wiped out. However, in more recent times, their place has been taken by climate scientists, and as these increase in number and influence, so the weather gets warmer.

  37. The Gods are famously capricious, but, as far as I can tell, the witches were maligned.

    They were mainly responsible for good weather.

    If you compare the dates, you will note that as the persecution of witches became more severe, the Little Ice Age became more severe. By the end of the 18th century, the witches had been nearly completely wiped out. However, in more recent times, their place has been taken by climate scientists, and as these increase in number and influence, so the weather gets warmer.

  38. The Gods are famously capricious, but, as far as I can tell, the witches were maligned.

    They were mainly responsible for good weather. The proof is in the correlation.

    If you compare the dates, you will note that as the persecution of witches became more severe, the Little Ice Age became more severe. By the end of the 18th century, the witches had been nearly completely wiped out. However, in more recent times, their place has been taken by climate scientists, and as these increase in number and influence, so the weather gets warmer.

  39. (This might be repetition. My original version is not being posted, but I get “duplicate comment.)

    The Gods are famously capricious, but, as far as I can tell, the witches were maligned.

    They were mainly responsible for good weather. The proof is in the correlation.

    If you compare the dates, you will note that as the persecution of witches became more severe, the Little Ice Age became more severe. By the end of the 18th century, the witches had been nearly completely wiped out. However, in more recent times, their place has been taken by climate scientists, and as these increase in number and influence, so the weather gets warmer.

  40. I can’t speak for the horses but my black labs LOVED the rain. Down to the beach fetching sticks, meeting other “rain people” and swimming and dog body surfing, then home for a nap in front of the fire. Good times.

  41. I asked my girlfriend’s dog about this and she said she knows global warming is a scam; she’s depressed because mom doesn’t buy the right kind of treats.

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