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Dog – Man’s Best Friend

Dog - Man’s Best Friend

Dog - Man’s Best Friend

Are you an animal hater? A cat person? Just indifferent to pets in general?  If yes, then you have missed out one of the most loving experience and the cutest companions in the world – dogs. And this article is going to tell you why.

A dog is a domesticated form of the gray wolf, a member of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. It has been used by the man over centuries. In the historic times, it had been a hunting companion of humans who worked as an extra sensitive pair of eyes and ears. It has been employed as a driver for sledges in snowy, mountainous terrain where all other modes of transport fail. And it has been a part of his life just because of the companionship it provides.

When Mark Twain said these lines – “The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s”- in his letter to W.D. Howells, he wasn’t being sarcastic or stupid. He was just highlighting the importance of God’s canine gift to mankind. One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you’re feeling blue is that he doesn’t try to find out why. It gives you company no matter what. If you yell at a person, most likely who are going to get the same dose in turn (sometimes even worse consequences can happen). On the contrary, even when you vent out your anger by yelling on your happy dog after a bad day at work, the poor thing would just quietly take a seat beside your feet and on the slightest indication of your mood improving, would pull all the lovable antics it is capable of.

A dog comes in this world with a big goal. The goal is to bring joy, education, companionship and stimulation to people in need. When people talk about their ideal future family, they talk of a spacious house with a large front lawn, 2 kids, a powerful SUV and so on. But more often than not, this picture is not complete without the mention of a big, friendly dog. Think of loyalty, obedience and the word dog flashes in your mind immediately. They protect the house from strangers (humans and other animals), are perfect play pals for young children and maintain an environment of warmth in the home).

Other than their friendly nature, dogs are also known for their sharp learning skills and intuitive powers. It is an intelligent animal which learns very fast either through observing his kin or by classic conditioning by the master. A growing body of research indicates that the companionship of a dog can enhance human physical health and psychological wellbeing. The health benefits of dogs can result from contact with dogs, not just from dog ownership. For example, when in the presence of a pet dog, people show reductions in cardiovascular, behavioral, and psychological indicators of anxietyIt is because of this reason, various pet learning programs have come into existence for children with mental disabilities or slow learning capabilities- dog therapy, as it is popularly known. The practice of using dogs and other animals as a part of therapy dates back to the late 18th century, when animals were introduced into mental institutions to help socialize patients with mental disorders. Even now they are used with patients to give them company, do small tasks for them and to keep them happy.

The atmosphere of warmth created by dogs is an accepted fact- in fact dogs (other than small babies and sexually provoking content), are one of the popular content in advertisements guaranteeing its success. These wonderfully intelligent animals are a bundle of joy – giving unconditional love and loyalty, requiring just some attention and care from you. So when are you gifting a puppy to a loved one?

About Anupriya Singh

I am a second year student of Management from Mumbai. I believe writing, like any other form of art, is a way of expressing oneself and reaching out to others; I aspire to do the same. I like meeting new people, observing them and knowing about their hopes and aspirations. I love pencil-sketching. Listening to music is my idea of an antidote to stress. I believe what life teaches us, is invaluable and every little occurring shapes us to who we are.

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  1. A dog is a bundle of joy.

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