Humans have been drawn to dogs for millenia. Is it their need to belong that makes us feel special and drawn to them? Does their pack social order fit well within the human social structure? Regardless of the reason, dogs were one of the first animals to be domesticated. History again points to many reasons we love our furry friends.
In shape the Paleolithic dogs most resemble the Siberian Husky, but in size, however, they were somewhat larger, probably comparable to large shepherd dogs – Mietje Germonpré, paleontologist at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Why We Love our Dogs
- There is a dog breed for every human personality – large or small; yappy or quiet; companion only or worker.
- Our love for dogs dates back to at least 31,000 years ago when the first fossil “dog” Canis lupus domesticus was dated to.
- As early wolves attracted to human settlements by food eventually saw humans as part of their pack, so too do we and our dogs form that very similar strong bond.
- Wolf cubs can be tamed and orphan cubs were probably “adopted” by early humans. We are still charmed by the overwhelming cuteness of a puppy.
- Dogs love us unconditionally – we are part of their pack brotherhood (or sisterhood as it may be).
A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance and to turn around three times before lying down. – Robert Benchley
- Domestic dogs evolved in the company of humans. Even today, dogs are a large part of many people’s lives.
- They sleep with us at night,accompany us on walks through the neighbourhood and flop by our feet when we park on the couch watching TV.
- They know when we are sad and are there to comfort us.
- The comfort our dogs provide also has health benefits. They have been shown to reduce blood pressure, reduce depression and boost our immunity which is a primary reason many dogs are used to visit hospitals and nursing homes.
- Humans with dogs tend to have lower anxiety and to be honest it is so hard not to look in their big eyes and not feel comforted by their stoic gaze and unrelenting loyalty.
[otw_shortcode_info_box border_type=”border-top-bottom” border_style=”bordered” icon_type=”general foundicon-heart” border_color=”#ff954a” icon_color=”#ffce78″]Dogs have been our best friend, companion and protector for thousands of years. Read my hub on HubPages, Origin of Domestic Dogs and learn more about the domestication of our best friend. So, is dog your best friend? Are you a cat person or a dog person? Let us know in the comment section.[/otw_shortcode_info_box]
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