A: Animals even more than humans, see the patterns within the world. For their hive souls are very attuned to patterns.
Animals respond to patterns for that is what they see, sense, hear. They observe the patterns of the ground below them, and if that pattern changes, then do they become wary, fearful, and sometimes aggressive. They observe the world, note the patterns, then observe as the patterns shift. If the patterns do not shift in a familiar way, do the animals then act out of fear and instinct—whether that means attacking or retreating or investigating depends upon the species.
Squirrels and rabbits usually retreat, while wolves will investigate or attack. Birds will either scatter or investigate, while fish will usually ignore or flee. So do you see that their very lives depend upon the patterns ingrained in them?
Dogs live by patterns (or rituals). If their owner always arises at 8 a.m. and suddenly does not, does the dog then see the pattern as broken or changed. If comfortable within their home, will the dog most likely investigate. If in circumstances where they are uncomfortable (such as someone else’s home) will they react through fear becoming either aggressive or cowering.
That the dog always seems to know when you are coming home is not true. What they see is a pattern. You get up, you do certain things, then you leave. When the sun has progressed to a certain point on the floor or wall within a particular room of the house, do you then return. That is the pattern they have observed. If you alter that pattern, do they either alter their behavior or react out of fear. For some, is it that the dog will then chew their owner’s shoes, or pees upon the owner’s rug, for this, then, indicates that by changing the routine (the pattern) is the dog upset and displeased, as well as confused and frightened. Dogs, more so, than cats (of the domestic type) rely on these patterns to help them relate to their human pack. Since they are solitary animals instead of pack animals, cats will note the patterns of their human counter parts, but are not so easily disrupted when the pattern alters. After all, if the disruption does not affect the eating and sleeping of the cat, then will the cat simply overlook the aberration in the pattern.
Horses, like dogs, are more easily frightened and much prefer their patterns to remain stable. Herd animals tend to respond as one. Therefore, if the leader notices some change in the patterns around it, and declares the aberration something to be frightened of, then will the whole pack respond in a similarly frightened manner.
Humans and cetaceans have the ability to think through the reasons for the change and so are less likely to react from the instinctive center. That some still will react in a visceral or instinctive way is true, for some pattern changes affect the mammalian part of you more than any other (part) and this can override any “logic”.
However, most times are the shifts in patterns overlooked as man (and cetaceans) no longer fully rely upon the instinctive center for survival.