Facts Behind How Much Your Dog Actually Loves You Will Make You Love Your Dog Even More

Research Behind How Much Your Dog Actually Loves You Will Make You Love Your Dog Even More

There’s a notion that if you don’t like dogs, there’s something wrong with you. And while that notion is completely subjective and based on the fact that dogs are universally loved, dog haters could make a case that dogs aren’t God’s greatest creatures. But they’re wrong and should be institutionalized because dogs are incredible beings who deserve all the love humans can offer them. Especially considering how much they actually love us and aren’t just in it for the food and tummy scratchies.

Per People:

“Yes, your dog knows how much you love him! Dogs and humans have a very special relationship, where dogs have actually hijacked the human oxytocin bonding pathway that is normally reserved for our babies. When you stare at your dog, both your oxytocin levels go up, the same as when you pet them and play with them. It makes you both feel good and reinforces your bonding. Does your dog ever stare at you for no reason? They are just “hugging you” with their eyes.”

It might be because I don’t have a dog and crave being loved or that I’m still limping through a two-day hangover while sitting at my desk, but come on. Hugging you with their eyes? Are you kidding me? As someone who once cried during an episode of Boy Meets World, I’ve never been considered the most emotionally strong guy in the room but have mercy. My lip is quivering and my eyes feely dusty as hell.

The study, which was in partnership with Purina dog food, has a bunch of other facts that made me want to go to the nearest shelter and just sit there for the rest of the day. Between the doctors describing the depression that dogs went through after finding bodies at Ground Zero after 9/11 to the information regarding how dogs act differently (even depressed) when you’re not around just proves that there’s legitimately something wrong with non-dog people.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to spend the rest of my day on shelter websites while simultaneously scrolling Instagram doing some deep-dives into one of the hundred dog-exclusive accounts I follow.

[via People]

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Will deFries (Twitter / Instagram) is a Senior Editor at Grandex and the world's foremost authority on Sunday Scaries (Twitter / Instagram).

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