Here’s an interesting article by Malcolm Gladwell, writer for The New Yorker and author of The Tipping Point (mentioned in my previous post), in which he discusses how dogs perceive our body language. He uses Cesar Millan from the cable TV show, The Dog Whisperer, as an example. I myself have noticed how perfectly Cesar is able to mimic the facial expressions and movements of the dogs he rehabilitates. He obviously is in tune with the animals and understands that they don’t think or reason the way we do, although many humans refuse to accept this. Just watch the show (on National Geographic Channel) and you’ll see. But read the article first. I’ve just happily discovered Gladwell’s website. He has a fresh and often fascinating viewpoint on an eclectic mix of topics, and I always enjoy reading his material.
Here is another article about the Michael Vick merchandise, in particular, the 22 dog-earred, chewed up Vick trading cards that went for $7,400 on eBay. A comment in the article reminded me of Gladwell’s concept of “stickiness” Continue reading