American philosopher Thomas Nagel argued in his paper, What Is It Like To Be A Bat?, that human experiences are dictated through consciousness and that the mental state for consciousness is not a derivative of a physical process such as a brain neuron firing or some brain chemicals in the head. He argues that we can know all physical facts about bats and their experiences but we will never know what a ‘bat experience’ is like since we are not bats.
Furthermore, in his paper, he states that bats use echolocation or a biological sonar, to detect things and move around. We can know everything (every possible fact) about echolocation but that does not mean that we can fully replicate a bat’s experience or use of echolocation.
Each and every animal (and maybe some organisms too) have their own subjective experiences and strong(er) senses. Bats have echolocation, cats have night vision, and dogs have an eerie kind of sixth sense. At least the puppy in this story does. Read on to learn about Peanut the dog, and its incredible feat of saving a young girl.
Peanut is a former rescue dog from Escanaba in Michigan. The 3 year old mixed breed was rescued from an abusive home after it was discovered that there was carpeting in her stomach.
The adorable pup was also found with several broken legs and broken ribs and it was indicative that the first two years of her life were filled with torture, pain and misery.
After being rescued and sent to the Delta Animal Shelter she was soon rehabilitated and brought into a loving home.
Nowadays she spends her time going on walks, enjoying her treats and getting belly rubs by her owners.
Maybe due to her tough and arduous upbringing, she has honed in on a sixth sense that can help those who have gone through similar experiences.
One day, Peanut noticed something peculiar outside of her window so she decided to jump into action. Time would tell that her sixth sense was the reason for the rescue of more than one child.
Approximately a year after her adoption, Peanut once again made it onto the headlines but this time she was the one doing the rescuing.
In a heartfelt letter sent to the Delta Animal Shelter, Peanut’s owners described how she saved the life of an abandoned little girl. The shelter shared the letter via their Facebook group.
The letter opens with: ‘She has truly been a blessing to our family and we love having her around. As you know, her background was so heartbreaking and we are so happy that we were able to take her into our home and give her the love and the family she deserves.’
The letter continued on to describe her uncanny ability: ‘however, I think she still has some ‘sixth sense’ about her past life that she has carried with her.’
At about 11 in the morning, the family reported that Peanut ‘started going crazy’ around the house. She was seen and heard running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping.
She ran to the husband who was at the time in the garage and made it evident that she desperately wanted to go outside.
He didn’t quite understand why Peanut was acting in such a frantic manner so he decided to let her out. Right when the doors were opened, Peanut darted outside and sprinted into the field behind the house.
With curiosity and a sense of nervousness, the husband followed Peanut just to discover a naked, shivering, 3 year-old girl in the fetal position.
He immediately picked her up, wrapped her in his sweater and brought her inside the house. He then called 911 to report the missing girl.
The family said that by the time the police and emergency medical personnel had arrived, the only words the little girl could utter were ‘doggie.’
It seemed like Peanut had found the girl sometime earlier and had kept her company. I guess Peanut sensed the fear and distraught that she had experienced only a year earlier.
The little girl was later identified as a resident from Escanaba and was sent to a local hospital. The little girl’s parents were later identified by the Delta County Sheriff’s Office.
The authorities discovered that the little girl’s previous home was extremely unsanitary and unfit to raise a little girl. The officers also discovered another young girl that was living in the house. The two girls have since been sent to Child Protective Services.
In the letter, the family noted how much of a blessing Peanut was to them. ‘Thanks to Peanut, a little girl’s life was saved today. […] Words cannot express how grateful we are that we have Peanut in our lives and how amazing she is. She is a part of our family now and thanks to wonderful people like you at the shelter, she is alive.’