Are you a fan of dogs? The chances are you are, as most people are crazy about pets, particularly dogs. There are people who even prefer dogs to humans! Many celebrities have admitted that:
“The better I get to know people, the more I find myself loving dogs.” Charles de Gaulle, former President of France.
“If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Harry Truman
“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” Marilyn Monroe
Elton John’s dog was the best man at his wedding.
Drew Barrymore has bequeathed her house to her dog Flossie.
“There are few (people) who have even a small surplus of intellectual powers. . . .with the others, it is better not to enter into any relations . . . what they have to say will not be worth listening to….To anyone who needs lively entertainment for the purpose of banishing the dreariness of solitude, I recommend a dog, in whose moral and intellectual qualities he will almost always experience delight and satisfaction.” Arthur Schopenhauer, Philosopher.
Dog owners would do anything for their dog, and the same goes in the other way around; dogs would die to protect their owner.
A stud done at Northeastern University’s Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict in Boston confirmed the love owners and pets share. It is a very special bond, probably stronger than relationships between people.
The team of researchers collected data from 240 participants aged between 18 and 25 and it was focused on owners’ empathy towards their pet, a baby and an adult. And, babies and dogs drew more empathy than adults.
The participants were told stories in which a person abused a toddler, a dog, a puppy, and an adult. The fictional stories ended up in the same way: the victims were found by the police unconscious, with deep cuts and a broken leg. The results were clear: the puppy and the toddler drew the most empathy.
According to Jack Levin and Arnold Arluke, co-authors of the research, adult dogs may be considered as bigger puppies, which means that they are as dependent and as puppies. Adult individuals are independent and can protect themselves.
Preferring a dog over humans seems absurd, doesn’t it? After all, dogs don’t speak, and their thinking is limited. But, a dog offers certain advantages:
- Reliability: A dog will always be there for you
- Non-judgmentalness: A dog will never judge you
- No hidden motives: With dogs, all you get is true, unconditional love
- Practical matters: A dog is pretty much like a date magnet, it can provide security, it will keep you healthy by forcing you to go to walks, and more.