Today's post is brought to you by Dogsaholic.com. An article seen there inspired me to write about this topic. Who loves a dog? Who loves a cat?
Number one, I do. I love most animals. I know, people say, "I love all animals," but if you press them, they have to admit there are one or two kinds of animals they don't love. I don't love spiders. Are spiders animals? I don't know. Some people think so. What about slugs? What about bats? What about dragons? It's my assertion that you can't love all animals. Admit that there are a few species you're worried about.
It's primarily why I keep my focus on dogs and cats. Occasionally I wander and talk about other pets - lizards can be fun; birds definitely; and ferrets, guinea pigs, rodents... you get the drift.
The idea of love is a strange one. No one understands it. As an emotion, it's high up there on the "must have" scale. All humans need love and attention. If deprived of such as a baby or small child, highly detrimental results occur. Let's not get into how kids grow and learn to be adults, if neglected or abused.
Let's just say that love - that eternal emotion which connects all human beings - is a necessary ingredient to happiness. It binds us. To each other. Human or pet.
So, do dogs love? Us? Each other? Other animals?
Do cats love? Us? Each other? Other animals?
The answer is yes. I don't care what scientists or researchers say, trust ME. The answer is yes. Dogs do love. Cats do love.
In the Dogsaholic article, it was stated, "The other study, which was completed at Emory University in Atlanta, came to the conclusion that dogs do indeed love us; the neuroscientist who completed the study with his own adopted dog found that when dogs were presented certain smells (specifically—the sweat of their owner), the area in the brain linked to the “reward” center lit up. The finding suggests that dogs can not only make the association necessary to differentiate between their owner and a stranger, but can also feel positive thoughts about their owners when their “humans” aren’t even present."
Aw, isn't it nice that those folks understand? The fact that money and time is continually wasted on this when all they have to do is ask us... ask those of us who have had multiple dogs...we'll tell you. Jeesh.
It's true of cats, also. Cats get a bad rap because they're a bit aloof and somewhat independent. But, I assure you, they love us as much as our dogs do. They're just different. They display their affection differently. Not less, different.
Molly adores Tom more than I understand. The look of affection she gives him is far different than the look of tolerance she favors me with. Don't get me wrong, she 'likes' me. She marks me with her ear rubs, too. And she comes to me for head rubs. But, it's not the same.
At Barkpost.com an article titled "Scientific Proof Your Dogs Loves You With All Their Heart and Nose" it was said, "According to a recent piece by Mic in partnership with GE, “Not only do dogs seem to love us back, they actually see us as their family. It turns out that dogs rely on humans more than they do their own kind for affection, protection and everything in between.”
And so, you're asking yourself, what happened to "who loves a dog and who loves a cat" cause that's about US, not them.
Well, I wanted to make a specific point. That point is ... we all love each other. Love is a universal emotion. And, it doesn't only apply to human beings... don't let anyone tell you it does.