Sunday, April 18, 2010

Autistic?

Those of you that caught the HBO movie, "Temple Grandin", or read her book, "Animals in Translation" (or both if you are like me), will remember how she developed a squeeze machine. Temple has autism and she discovered that a mechanical squeezing sensation had a calming effect on her. Seeing Reagan wedge herself between the branches makes me think of the squeeze machine. Is she trying to create a squeezing sensation? Could Reagan be autistic? According to Temple's book, she believes that animals see the world much like an autistic person, so I guess the answer is yes, Reagan is probably autistic like all of the other animals :-). I wish a body or anxiety wrap helped Reagan, but unfortunately it has not thus far.

11 comments:

houndstooth said...

I hadn't really thought about animals being autistic, but it does seem entirely possible.

Sandy ~~~ said...

I hear that "swaddling" is all the rage with infants now..."The Happiest Baby on the Block" toting how it works and how to do it.

I too love Temple and remember the magic the squeeze did for her, as it does for other animals --- cows for instance and the llamas I used to raise.

Maybe your grey needs to be squeezed by other greys? Or multiple people? Something with a heartbeat? You just never know, huh?

Aragon greyhounds said...

I think she is "Trancing". See it quite frequently in the AKC greyhound. They go into a bush and stand with leaves/limbs touching their back. They can get a far away look in their eyes and just stand there for quite a while. Others will very slowly move back and forth so the leaves touch/scratch their back. All in very slow motion.
Odd insignificant behavior I associate with the greyhound breed.

greytblackdog said...

First - I loved the movie and book.

Second - Reagan could be autistic. When noises freak her out, not being able to see what it is, it totally makes sense.

Third - I think Stephen should build a squeeze machine for your dog room.

Sientay L said...

We swaddled both our children as infants. Actually, the hospital swaddles all the babies but not as tight as it describes in teh Happiest Baby book. Swaddling a greyhound might be hard.

I like greytblackdog's idea of Stephen building some sort of squeeze machine.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I guess "swaddling" would be similar to a body wrap or Thundershirt. I did not notice a difference when I was trying that. Reagan has me (if she needs a hug) and her branches. She is not getting a squeeze machine. :-)

Laura of the Kudzu said...

Hmmm... Maybe her fussy GI system isn't absorbing some nutrient properly, like magnesium, & that has made her more sensitive to noises.

Instead of a squeeze machine, perhaps you can just get her a large potted shrub & take it places with you as a stress reliever for our sensitive girl just needs to get away from it all. ;)

Rising Rainbow said...

odd behavior.....but interesting. I have friends with greyhounds but they haven't seen this behavior.

Cait said...

I think Temple Grandin is relaly interesting, and Animals In Translation is a fun read.

HOWEVER< she also buys into the 'baldface paints are crazy' and 'white-markings make dogs weaker/crazier/stupider' crap. I think she's interesting, but I don't think she's particularly RIGHT about a lot of things, and her experience of autistic is, like everyone else's, HER experience.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks, Laura, but I don't think we'll be planting any shrubs in the van either :-).

Cait, I didn't agree with all Temple said either.... I forget why, but the end of the book lost me and I didn't finish it. She has an interesting perspective, but like all things... you take some of it and you ignore the rest.

JazzBelle504 said...

I could not tell the type of shrub but it look similar to some of our bamboo. My Dancer would do exactly this same type of behavior sticking her head and as much of herself as she could within the bamboo. Having myself been in a large stand of bamboo, there is something unique about that I found quite calming. I figured Dancer felt the same thing that I did.