Welcome to Lecture 3. We have completed the overview portion of our course and will now delve into Special Topics- a more specific, in-depth exploration of important skills that non-human animals need to teach their humans. Please turn your attention to this week's 'Paw Point' Presentation. Today's special topic: Resourcefulness
Please be sure to submit your work by class time next week (visiting professor: Minnow C/O Dr. Pia at email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Next week's assignment invites you to share examples and photos in which companion animals demonstrate the importance of 'being silly'... an essential skill and one that far too many humans have yet to master. According to a recent Red Hydrant poll, the human ability to 'be silly' is declining exponentially and has a direct inverse correlation with the drastic increase in human's taking themselves far too seriously...
Canine and feline researchers alike find these trends troubling and have called an emergency symposium on the topic. Three and four-legged silliness experts will address the crisis and explore next steps in the management of symptoms. Also on the agenda is a review of evidence-based approaches to increasing the human capacity to 'be silly' while decreasing the human inclination to 'take one's self too seriously'- a syndrome that seems to be species-specific in so far as the deficit appears only to afflict humans.
Note from Visiting Professor Minnow:
In preparation for my sabbatical here at Daily Wag University- taking over teaching for my adoptive mom's summer session-Dr. Pia allowed me to use a syllabus for a course she had previously taught to humans. It appears my edits were incomplete and confusing, so to clarify... This course is intended to assist non-human animals seeking advanced degrees in assessing and training their humans. Human animals are not eligible.
Dr. Minnow Salk