THE MIND OF A DOG
Can animals imagine as we do
And recollect past images they’ve seen?
Just watch a dog asleep and you
Will be convinced she has a mental screen
On which she views projections from the past
And re-enacts a scene of joy or terror—
Perhaps encountering a cat who sassed
Her, or brightening at the sight of her food-bearer.
Besides that, though, she can anticipate
Remote events that haven’t happened yet,
Like waiting by the door when we’re out late
Or hiding when it’s time to see the vet.
Watching our dogs, it’s evident to me
They have foresight as well as memory.