I listened to a Conversations podcast episode this week with Kate Leaver on the Healing Power of Dogs. She went back through history to explore the relationship between dogs and humans, and also discovered that scientific studies had showed that both dogs and humans get something from each – both showed mutual oxytocin spikes when interacting with each other.
It made me think about all the dogs that I have had in my life, and how much joy they bring me.
I couldn’t imagine myself to be alive without a pet dog in my life.
And it reminded me that one of the reasons I haven’t had children is because I was afraid I’d love my dog more than my child! I would say this jokingly out loud, but it is a true fear!
I know that I imagine very human traits onto my dogs, and often wonder what they actually think and feel.
But they always bring me so much joy when they learn something, respond in the way I want, or are just so overwhelmingly happy to see me – this is enough for me.