Why Do We Love Dogs?


Why do we love dogs? It is obvious that dogs are cute and fluffy, but have we ever really considered what makes dogs so special to us? Lots of things in the world are cute, but they don’t call canines “man’s best friend” for no reason. Dogs consistently show us the sought-after human traits that we wish to emulate in our own lives.

Loyalty is something that humans find to be a very honorable trait, yet we don’t always excel at. We are oftentimes selfish and make decisions with their own interests in mind. Whether it is in the work field, with friends, or with romantic relationships, patterns of disloyalty are unfortunately quite common in humankind.

With dogs, however, loyalty is an instinctive trait. Dogs are famous for being the most loyal creatures to their human companions. Dogs are protective, they remember us fondly, they show us love, and they can often sense when we are in distress. This type of loyalty is something that humans should strive to achieve, and it could be just one reason that we are so fond of our four-legged friends.

Another virtue that we admire in these creatures is their willingness to love unconditionally. Dogs never get sick of comforting us when we are down, they never think twice about loving us when we make mistakes, and they are the first to greet us at the door with a wagging tail after a long day. They cuddle and play with us, they are always there for us through thick and thin, and they can almost always be counted on to put a smile on our faces.

If we all loved each other the way that our dogs loved us, the world would be a much better place. Dogs don’t have to try to love us this way, it is just something that they do naturally. We look upon this with admiration. Love is a virtue that is valued in cultures all over the world, and the devoted affection that our dogs show us is a clear-cut example of love in its purest and simplest form.

Lastly, the majority of dogs are inherently happy beings. To completely make a dog’s entire day, you don’t need anything more than a ball, a treat, or a bone thrown in their direction. Dogs are the epitome of easy to please. Many humans struggle to find happiness in their everyday lives, but dogs are just grateful for what they have. Dogs don’t compare themselves to other dogs, they just have fun eating, playing, or lounging around. Not many people walk around with a constant smile on their face no matter what, but the majority of dogs walk around with their tails wagging at all times. I believe that every human would express this kind of daily happiness if they could. It is just another thing that makes us think so fondly of our furry friends.

Dogs embody the characteristics that we find to be desirable, even if they are rarer to find in humans than we may like to admit. Dogs effortlessly express the things that we would like to express in our own lives. While they are furry and cute, the real reason that we as humans bond so closely with these creatures is because they live their own lives in a way that we should strive to duplicate. Dogs are devoted, affectionate, and purely happy. One theory even claims that the reason that dogs live shorter lives than humans is because they already know how to live properly.

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I am a sophomore here at NEC. I am a member of the Men's Ice Hockey team. In high school I was the sports editor of our monthly print, The Tomatalk. Outside of hockey I love golfing, boxing, and hiking. I have been passionate about sports for as long as I can remember. In the future I would like to pursue a medical career and potentially help athletes recover from serious injuries and get back to doing what they love.
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