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You Really Do Love Your Dog Like a Child Study Says
  • https://gma.yahoo.com/really-love-dog-child-study-says-170158175--abc-news-pets.html
    I read this article and I very much agree that you can love your pooch like a child. I adore my little furry angel Quake as if her were my little boy.
  • I saw this too, and don't agree! ha! My dogs are not my children and I'm delighted by that, as I never had children or wanted them. I'm happy my dogs are dogs!
  • @shibamistress-I have a grown son and I love him very much. So I know about the parent-child bond. I don't think I would be able to bond with every dog the way I have with my Quake. It just so happened that I have such a strong bond with Quake--like a mother would have for her child.
  • Kobe1468Kobe1468
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    Thought I'd turn to a psychologist for this one. A spin on the research...

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201306/why-do-adult-dogs-become-human-children-owners

    And from a very prominent CAAB...(think it's on the same research listed above)...

    http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/dogs-as-family-people-as-packs

    This is just my opinion, while I love Kobe, and I'm pretty sure he loves us, I'm certain he doesn't view us as his 'parents', nor do (I) view him as my child.

    I don't have a problem with anybody bonding with a dog like a child. If that is your feeling, I won't argue it.

    I just like my bond with Kobe...as a companion...a friend I can count on...will always listen...doesn't judge...and will always be there for me(as I am for him).
    "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
  • I can see how the scientists could arrive at their conclusions... I think it varies by owners and dogs though... I've seen owners who definitely do not treat their dogs like kids, and I've met ones who plan their entire lives around whether or not little Fido's allergies will be well enough in time for them to come up for Christmas.

    I planned on bringing a dog into my life for almost 6 years. My husband and I don't have kids - Nymeria is our little bundle of fur and happiness. Granted yes, she's not a kid, but at the end of the day, she's ours, and we love her, and we treat her for the most part (I still don't think it's legal to crate a kid) like we would a kid - we take her on play dates, bring her to puppy k, schedule her meals, make sure she sees her 'grandpawrents,' has the latest developmental toys, etc...

    Granted had you told my mother 20 years ago that she would have a grandpuppy, she'd have called you nuts, but here she is mailing me dog toys that she thinks Nymeria would enjoy.

    Canine and human interaction and our co-evolution is such an interesting thing that we're just now starting to really explore fully from a scientific POV.

    But I also do think that the companion/guardian/owner relationship is different for everyone and every dog.

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