Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Elizabeth Marshall Thomas Quotes. Let’s look at these pieces of wisdom. We definitely have something to learn from them!
Every dog might wish to be Dog One, but like us, most dogs want membership in the group even more than they want supremacy over others.
Dogs like to learn stuff, if not from another dog, then people are OK… They love activity, playing, interesting walks, and just belonging, being together.
Once you’re known to be an alcoholic, that’s how many people identify you, which could be a reason not to talk about it.
I would like to visit a dog’s mind to know what he’s thinking and feeling.
People didn’t think animals thought or remembered or had minds! They most certainly do: any pet owner knows more than a lot of scientists about animals.
You have to be able to love members of your own species before you can branch out and apply that to other species.
To sit idly, not doing, merely experiencing, comes hard to a primate.
People are perfectly glad to accept the idea that dogs love us, so they must be able to love each other.
The relationships we have with dogs seem simple enough and often are taken for granted. But these relationships can be deep and mysterious, and not at all simple.
The story of cats is a story of meat.
We used to go in the woods by ourselves, and you can’t help noticing the world then, especially animals. People used to know a lot about the natural world, especially in the country.
Primates feel pure, flat immobility as boredom. But dogs feel it as peace.
Animals need to understand other species, if only to prey on them or escape from them.
Many expressions of a cat’s feelings seem deeply related to the capture of live prey.
We fill the woods with invasive primates camouflaged to look like piles of leaves who sneak around, sprinkling estrus doe urine and manipulating gadgets that sound like antlers clashing.
Not even a maggot is an it, and to refer to any animal in that manner is an affectation, an ignorant stab at science-speak.
You can look at your dog and see that it’s thinking and has strong feelings. And if it does, so do wolves. And if wolves do, so do elephants. People aren’t the only beings that think and feel.
Dogs who live in each other’s company are calm and pragmatic, never showing the desperate need to make known their needs and feelings or to communicate their observations, as some hysterical dogs who know only the company of our species are likely to do.
From the very dawn of time until now and well into the future… human-animal companionship is at the very core of our instincts not only for mutual survival, but mutually rewarding relationships.
In my cosmology, indigenous wild deer are more important than exotic ornamental shrubs.
Veterinarians are essential allies to the millions of us who experience the human-animal bond.
We may never find a way to live in suburbia with deer as we do with raccoons, say, or squirrels. So for this reason, it’s very important that we make sure always to save enough wild or open land so that they can live in their normal manner.
We are surely the primary agent of death for all members of the cat tribe. For many if not most cat species, our depredations must surpass accidents, disease, and even starvation by a considerable margin.
All the members of the dog family – domestic dogs, wolves, coyotes, dingoes – are very aware of territory. A group must control its own territory – you can’t have others taking it from you, because then you won’t have enough food.
Barring some competition from whales, wolves are probably America’s most popular wild animal. Wolves are also contenders for America’s most unpopular wild animal, with perhaps some competition from coyotes.
When I was very young, my nanny was a big Newfoundland dog… whose task was to keep me from drowning.
One of the best and most responsible things a scientist can do is to write for the popular press.
With all due respect to the nation’s fish and game departments, more deer die because people hunt them than because people feed them.
I don’t mind aging – I’m glad to be aging. I’ll never die young.
The dogs and I are a single thing, and thus we share our interests. With them, I’m bigger and better than I am without them, and vice versa.
When I write about animals, I use anthropological techniques and the language you would use for a person. You don’t have to anthropomorphize animals, just acknowledge their individuality.
I always thought of deer as solitary animals that weren’t very interesting. But my goodness, that was very wrong. The big eye-opener for me was that they’re social. They have family groups.
Besides individual things like thunder and gunshots, what dogs fear most is not belonging, being alone.