Friday, March 10, 2017

Canine Love

Dog love is weird. I routinely say I have no idea why humans did this to themselves. They took a partnership of need (wolves in the wild) and created a species to be loved and share this world with. Let me explain.

When man began taking in the most docile of wild wolves and using them as warmth, protection, and hunting partners, they created the canis familiaris that we know and love today. Humans created these companions. The partners in this world that know the nuances in our voices, the sadness we're emitting, or the joy we feel when we look at them. We created them.

Because of this deep connection, the moment you begin loving a dog is also the moment you begin steeling yourself against their death. When you bring a dog into your life, you you start to prepare to say goodbye. It sounds morbid, but it's true. Most dogs won't outlive their owners - a burden we as humans carry in exchange for getting a decade or so of genuine love.


I think that loving a single dog makes it that much easier to fall in love again and again. Take Edi: had he been our first dog, it would have taken SO long to love him. But since we already had that love in our hearts, even though we didn't LIKE him at first, we loved Edi immediately.


Dog-love is an interesting thing - a human thing. It's a special love.

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