I love the way this article asserts its superiority by suggesting that people from an earlier and more gullible time would accept a story like this without question, then goes ahead and tells the story without suggesting an alternative.
Nevertheless, it is a great story and I am happy to believe that his faithful pets were able to understand that his end was near.
Of course, maybe it was feeding time and they were just showing their displeasure at being kept waiting. Our dog bangs against the glass door when his dinner is not on time too. He doesn’t get the chance to bugger off if we don’t feed him though, but the birds are probably on someone elses pond where the dinner service is a little more reliable…..