Never let it be said occasionally that The Purging Lutheran won’t keep up with the latest scientific knowledge. It came across my desk this week that dogs don’t see entirely in black and white (normally called ‘gray’, or in some cases normally called ‘grey’), that in fact they do see some color just not as vivid as humans see them. Scientists performed an experiment where various breeds of dogs would watch a wide screen television with remote controls attached to their right front paws. These remotes were adapted to be used thumblessly. Before showing videos of brightly colored flowers, peacocks and summer-themed plateware each dog was told to sit! then watch! the tv. Each dog was then given a handful of bits and kibbles and a bowl of Budweiser to snack from. After 15 minutes they were told adjust!, color!, adjust! Each dog then raised their right paws and with their left paws adjusted the colors on the screen to what they normally see.
Results showed that 15 out of 23 dogs, mostly poodles, adjusted the colors on their screens that nearly match the tones of the picture above. The other 8 chewed their remote controls beyond repair but when asked, they replied “Yeah, the colors were pretty washed out.”
I don’t know who funds these studies but more power to ’em. The more we know about both our furry and furless friends the better chance we have at peace between species.
Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
Oops! Oh, by the way, I was purging the eye glasses case.