"Well, you know Labs, they're almost human," I always say when I'm out walking Bailey, my Chocolate Lab, and people stop us. Do you feel same way about your dog?
I agree with prize-winning pet columnist obedience herapy dog trainer, Lexiann Grant, who said, "I love [dogs] immensely and cannot imagine my life without them in it. Because of a dog - their emotions and intelligence - I
·Have been lifted from depression ·Found a new, more profound meaning in my life ·Coped successfully with a long recovery from chronic illness ·Learned what is truly important in my daily life ... and what is not ·Know about love freely given and received without judgment"
My client Terry knows about therapy dogs. When her 21 year old son died in an accident, her Retriever was her constant companion. When she would cry, Tansy would push her head into Terry's lap and look up at her.
There are plenty of tales about dogs rescuing families from burning homes without being trained, or, like my grandmother's dog, sitting patiently in lap of aged companions when they could be off playing.
Those of us who have dog companions know what we know, but research has come up with a really fascinating bit of evidence I'd never thought of. See if this ever occurred to you!
The closest other animal to humans genetically would be chimp, right? But fact is, we humans have never made our homes with chimps, so we may be closer to dogs in many ways.