Why Do We Love Dogs?
Dogs are good! Of course, there are many dogs that aren’t so good. Many dogs behave unkindly. Same could be said for humans. Interestingly, dog behavior is not always that much different than human behavior. It is manifested differently for obvious reasons, but the same unkindness is the result. Dogs often become unkind because they have never known unconditional love or have been mistreated. Some overcome and become great dogs. Some do not. It is the same with people, is it not?
There are also dogs that go out of their way to please people. It is the same with humans too. There are a lot of humans that are compassionate, caring people who have done great things in the area of helping others. Maybe in their families, maybe in praying for others or maybe to people they don’t even really know. The similarities between humans and dogs are often very obvious. If you think about it for a while, you might come to the conclusion, like I did, that we are way more similar than you might have once thought.
I read an article recently based on a study done that the genetics we share with our canine counterparts is as high as 95%. When examining the brain, the structure apparently is very similar, including the neurochemistry. Basically, that means we think a lot a like. Maybe that is why so many of us connect so strongly with dogs. I think that relationship has so much to teach us, so much to help us and ultimately, strengthen our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Dogs can make our life journey better in many ways. We, as humans, can give so much back to our dogs as well. We can make their life journey a little better because of our care for them. It is this wonderful friendship between human and dog, that has really dominated my approach to life and my relationship with the Lord.
How has the relationship with your dog or other pet changed your outlook on life?