It was long believed that dogs, like some other animals, could only see the world in black and white.
Most modern research seems to fly in the face of this belief. The confusion appears to have come from the fact that dogs in fact are colour blind. This was taken to mean that they could only see in shades of grey. Not so.
Colour blindness does not describe, in the commonly understood use of the term, an inability to see any colour. It quite simply means an inability to see colours in the same way that most humans do.
It is all about rods and cones. Both, apparently, are contained in the eye and they determine what it is our eyes can see. Rods enable us to see black and white images, cones are for perceiving colour images. Humans have both, which is why we are able to see in full colour. But dogs have both too, suggesting that they also have colour vision.
This was actually put to the test by an academic in a Pavlov-style test. Jay Neitz at the University of California showed a number of dogs three light panels in a row, two of them being of the same colour and the third a different colour. The dog had to locate the odd one out and press the panel concerned. If the dog got it right it was rewarded with a treat.
Neitz confirmed beyond doubt that dogs do see colour, but that their ability to discriminate between the various colours was inferior to ours. Dogs, it would seem, are indeed colour blind. But they can still see, and distinguish between, colours.
Which is all rather lucky, because the innovative household manufacturer Fatboy has designed a superb range of dog beds in two sizes and in an impressive range of ten exciting colours.
The dog beds are in effect bean bags, but especially designed for our canine friends. Which means they are more than just bags full of beans, or PVC pellets as the case my be. All of them are made from a practical nylon that is simple to clean. Specially designed to repel moisture and prevent unpleasant odours from being absorbed, the cover is machine washable although any minor stains can easily be removed with a damp cloth.
From shocking pink to sensible brown to lime green, you can treat your dog to a touch of the comfort that your faithful friend truly deserves.
Sometimes it seems that we do little more than work and sleep.
We need a good night’s sleep to prepare us for work. Then we work all day and we come home tired. Sometimes we may even take a short nap before re-joining the land of the living for a few short hours before getting ready for bed once again.
But somewhere amid it all we need to make a little time for some real wide awake relaxation. Even if we have a sitting down job, or are able to grab half an hour or so in the canteen during our break, we are seated not sitting. We are attending to our computer screen, or to our lunch, or concentrating on saying the right thing to the person at the other end of the telephone. That isn’t leisure, far less is it pleasure.
Wouldn’t it be nice to come home and flop onto something really comfortable? Like a bean bag, or a hammock – or maybe even just a cushion that we can place on the floor wherever we want to be and chill out, as they say today.
These exceedingly comfortable LoJo Balls are available in a range of patriotic and other themes and really do the trick when you need a chair that you can move to wherever you wish it to be and, simply, crash out in front of the television. Filled with beans and resplendent in faux leather, you can use it as a computer seat or just something to lounge upon after a busy day.
When it is not in use it can just be deflated and packed away until next time. This truly is the ultimate in hand portable luxury.
Comfy bean bags by Fatboy
Or there is the portfolio of versatile and comfy bean bags supplied by Fatboy and designed for your ultimate comfort. The beanbag can be used as a pillow or a lounge seat, in fact anything you wish to use it for at all.
Comfort is essential for relaxation, and this range fulfils our need to unwind and to have some luxury in our lives. It is what makes the leisure experience different, not just being seated but actually sitting down and taking some easy enjoyment, away from the pressures of work.
Life is too short to spend it all working or sleeping.