If you have a dog, you have a Valentine! So we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day for an entire week with tips for sharing and celebrating the love of a dog.
Do Dogs Love? You probably can’t believe we just asked that question. But, the truth is, this is a debated issue in the scientific community. One camp insisting that humans are the only species able to experience feelings and that a dog’s loyalty is simply created by a drive for food or a combination of dependence and a social role, and the other left to wonder “have you ever met a dog…ever?”
Dog People don’t need science to prove what’s right in front of us; love, deep, devoted, unconditional love in its highest form, in other words, the love of a dog. Really, is there any other species that will dedicate its life to you, never waver, no matter what? Consider abused dogs that wag their tails at the possibility of affection from a new person. Envision the glee your dog experiences every time you walk in the room. Do we really need science to prove that this ultimate adoration known as “agape” love is anything other than genuine?
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson shines a spotlight on this question in his book Dogs Never Lie About Love, illustrating that dogs may actually love us better than we can love each other. “Learning to know somebody intimately is often the beginnings of dislike, sometimes even of contempt. Among humans, love often does not survive a growing acquaintance, but in a dog, love seems to grow with acquaintance, to get stronger, deeper. Even when fully acquainted with all our weaknesses, our treachery, our unkindness, the dog seems to love strongly – and this love is returned by most dog-loving humans. We, too, seem to love our dogs the more we get to know them. The bond grows between us and our dogs.”
And you didn’t think you had a Valentine this year.
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Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson’s book, Dogs Never Lie About Love.
Thank you to Tracy and her beloved and much missed Indy for the photo.