Three Reasons Why Dogs Are Amazing Pets

Dogs unique abilities and traits that make them amazing pets:

  • Dogs have advance social skills.
    • They understand the concept of fairness.
      • If you give one dog two treats and another dog three treats, the dog with two treats will complain about the situation.  He knows that he was cheated out of a treat.
      • I was watching Ben play with a toy one day.  Blue walked up to Ben and took his toy away from him.  As you would expect, Ben was angry about the situation.  However, the other two dogs in the room also got mad at Blue.  They all braked and growled at him for stealing the toy.  Blue dropped the toy and walked out of the room with his head hanging down in shame.  A few minutes later, Blue came back into the room.  He walked up to Ben, with his head still down, and licked Ben on the nose.  He was trying to apologize for his behavior.  Ben wagged his tail and returned the favor by licking Blue on the nose.  All was forgiven.
    • Dogs have a unique ability to understand body language.  Obviously, dogs can understand the body language of other dogs.  What makes dogs unique is their innate ability to understand human body language and to respond appropriately to human facial expressions.
    • Dogs are the only animal know to yawn, as a sympathetic response, when their owners yawn.
  • Dogs are extremely intelligent.
    • Dogs are born with the ability to understand the concept of numbers.  Scientist have preformed numerous experiments to prove dogs have this ability.  The dog is shown a certain number of treats, the treats are then covered with a screen, when the screen is lifted the number of treats has decreased.  The dog will take the treats and then look for the missing treats, until it has found all the treats it should have.  Most dogs were able to figure out how many treats they should have, until they numbers reached double digits.
    • The average dog can learn between 100 to 200 words.  Dogs with an above average intelligence can learn even more than that.
    • Dogs have been known to exhibit critical thinking skills.  Manufactures have even started making dog toys that require the dog to interact with a toy before it will distribute a treat.  The toy may require the dog to turn it a certain way or to move pieces on the toy to get the treat.
  • Dogs exhibit superior emotional skills.
    • Dogs react with compassion whenever someone (human or animal) they love is sick or injured.  When I was really sick with an infection in my mastoid bone, Blue refused to leave my bedside.  He would not even leave me for food. Gwen started bringing his dinner into my room so he could eat.
    • Dogs grieve the loss of a family member.  Years ago, I had two dogs named Max and Bud.  When Max died, Bud spent three days in a corner of the yard.  He would make pitiful whimpering noises and refused to eat.
    • Dogs are instinctively protective of their family.  A few years ago, we took all five of our dogs to the dog park.  Norton, who only weighs 14 pounds, was run over by a larger dog.  Norton let out a cry, which caused all his brothers to come running.  You should have seen the look on that dog’s face when he saw Ben (who weighs 120 pounds), Joey (who weighs 100 pounds), Blue (who weighs 45 pounds), and Buddy (who weighs 40 pounds) running over to protect little Norton.

Dogs have a set of abilities and skills that are unique in the animal kingdom.  That’s what makes them amazing pets.

Rush to Judgement

Have you ever noticed how quick our society is to rush to judgement?  All it takes is one picture or just one sentence and a person can become demonized in social media.

Why is an individual condemned by society, based on a minuscule amount of information?  Why is there no attempt to find out the background, the context, or the rest of the story?

Why do people feel so much anger and hatred toward these condemned individuals?  Why do they feel so much loathing for people they don’t even know?  Why do people post about their hate and send violent threats to strangers, without ever considering how their actions will effect the other person?

What does all this rush to judgement, demonization of strangers, angry rants, and threats of violence say about us as a society?  Also, why are we not talking about this issue more often?  Why don’t we try to do something about it?

Adults Playing

Everyone knows playing is important for children, but it is also important for adults to play.

Benefits of Playing:

  • It’s fun
  • It’s a great way to reduce stress
  • It exercises the brain, improves creativity, and problem solving skills
  • It strengthens relationships

There are many ways adults can participate in playing:  video games, board games, puzzles, sport teams, and host of other activities that could be listed.

Spend time playing today.  It’s good for you.