Catching a thought from someone else

My dog Abbey and I. We were very close.
Australia
April 15, 2016 1:05am CST
Often, I will be thinking a certain thought, and I am then wondering whether to say it to my wife, or not. In the meantime, and before I get to actually say it to her, she says the exact same thought to me, with the exact same wording too, that I was going to use, to her. She has caught my thought. I was thinking that this only happened between humans, but it also happened between my dog and me, once too. I was cleaning my Dad’s bedroom up. I had my dog with me. I was using a small hand-held vacuum cleaner to clean up some dirt and dust under the bed, and on the actual bed too. I saw something red and sticky-looking under the pillow. I did not immediately know what it was. My dog jumped up onto the bed, went up to it, looked at it, and sniffed at it. Then she looked up at me. I immediately knew now what it was a throatie lolly that Dad had probably half chewed and was still sticky. He had placed it under his pillow, and had then forgotten about it, it seemed My dog knew in her mind what it was and as the recognition went through her brain, I also picked up on the recognition somehow in my own brain, and I knew now what it was too. She knew, so then I also knew. I knew what she knew because she knew, and I then knew too, because I picked up on her knowing, and it connected me through to my own past memory of what this was then too. I had caught my dog’s thought. Has anyone else ever had a similar experience like this before, with their pets?
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@jaboUK (51458)
• United Kingdom
16 Apr 16
I don't have a pet at the moment, but my husband and I often say things at the same time. That's a beautiful photo.
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• Australia
16 Apr 16
Thanks, she was a beautiful pet, always very photogenic too. I miss here now she has gone.
• Australia
17 Apr 16
@jaboUK She's been gone nearly two years now. She was only 12 and 1/2. She had heart problems in the end. I miss her too much to try to replace her yet. She was irreplaceable. 16 years was a good age for a dog. I too can understand you still missing her too.
@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
21 Apr 16
That happens to me and my wife too often - siva
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@puddleglum (1437)
• United States
15 Apr 16
One time I was having allergy problems with my eyes, so I used eye drops in one eye. When I was blinking to clear my vision, my cat was looking straight at me. Then he blinked (or winked) one eye, just like he was mimicking me. Maybe mimicry is not the same thing as catching my thoughts, but it was amusing.
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• Australia
15 Apr 16
This action by your cat showed a certain connection to you, even a sort of rapport, or love for you that it wanted to copy your actions in this way, I think. Maybe it did pick up on some thought of yours too, who knows. Maybe it knew that you needed to be amused??
• United States
15 Apr 16
@innertalks I think your analysis is spot on. In particular, I think he does know when I need cheering up.
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• Australia
16 Apr 16
@puddleglum Yes thanks, that's what I was thinking of. Most pets know when we need cheering up I think. They can pick-up our change in mood.
@TRBRocks420 (64449)
• Banks, Oregon
15 Apr 16
We both love pepperoni sticks and, hiking lol.
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• Australia
15 Apr 16
I'm from Australia. I had to look that one up...LOL... "Pepperoni, also known as pepperoni sausage, is an American variety of salami, usually made from cured pork and beef mixed together." My dog also liked her daily walk, maybe she called it hiking too, in her little mind too.
• Philippines
15 Apr 16
well, the only i know recently is that my dog likes to hang out with my female dog again, as usual.
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• Australia
15 Apr 16
Ha ha, Does that also reflect on your own thinking too? Most of us think about hanging out with others at times, and they with us too I expect.
@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
21 Apr 16
I don't have a pet but I get a feeling I know what others are thinking at times and it is spot on when they broach the subject. Mind reading comes naturally to me but I don't like to indulge in it as I feel I am invading into others private space. I believe our pets know more about us than we give credit for - siva
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• Australia
21 Apr 16
Yes, I would not condone mind reading either I think, but these are more co-incidences when we think the same thing at the same time as someone else, and the tracks are seen as running though both of our minds at the same time then.
@Shiva49 (10641)
• Singapore
21 Apr 16
@innertalks Yes this is not trying to mind read but coincidences that are not "harmful" as per me! Likewise, I am not comfortable when people think too much before interacting and I like those who are rather casual to keep the conversation going. Again, my way is to "add value" wherever I can but not miss the boat by overthinking! siva
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• Australia
2 Jun 16
@Shiva49 Of course if we do think too quickly we can put our foot into the other person's mouth, type of thing, or even blurt out something not nice, the just right approach is right I suspect, not burnt, nor underdone.
@Teep11 (6671)
• United States
18 May 16
I think pets understand s lot but I don't think I've experienced what you've described here.
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• Australia
18 May 16
They sat that our pets are continually observing us and that they are very aware of how we are feeling and thinking too. (At least that's what they said on a show about dogs that I watched recently).