The bond we have with dogs

Marie-Thérèse Walter, Pablo Picasso's muse,  © Gérard Blot/Réunion de Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, NY, Acquavella Galleries.
Marie-Thérèse Walter and a shepherd. © Gérard Blot.

There is definitely something special about the bond we have with dogs. Their ability to read our communicative gestures makes them seem “in tune” with us. And their attentiveness to our every move can’t help but make us feel special. There is one study that shows that dogs would prefer to spend time with humans than their own species, which is unusual for an animal. Every dog owner is familiar with that rise in spirits as a thumping tail greets you at the door, and from the enthusiasm dogs have for us, it’s hard to believe the feeling isn’t mutual.

— Canine behavioral scientist Dr. Brian Hare, in a recent interview featured in Scientific American.

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I love this: Science backing what we already know to be true about our dogs.

Happy weekend, everyone!

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Pup links!

Illustration by Gemma Correll, who is totally rad. Click image for her site.

15 Things to Purchase Before Adopting a Dog. Kristine’s funny, thorough, and honest list about the tools and things one will need when bringing an adopted dog into the home. Definitely writing these down on my shopping list! (Rescuing Insanity)

Pet-Themed New Uses for Old Things. My favorite magazine, Real Simple, provides some great tips for household objects that can be used for daily living with dogs. Some of these things are pretty obvious (duh, use a plastic bag when picking up poo), but some were good to read about. (Real Simple)

10 Signs You Are Matched with the Right Dog. A sweet list that highlights the bond that develops between a dog and its human. (Dog Days)

Balenciaga Dog Sweater. Now this is the classy way for a Crazy Dog Lady to dress. And it’s an embroidered GSD, too! (Miles to Style)

More Dog-Friendly Companies. This makes me wish my office welcomed dogs! I feel like our environment would be so calm and happy if we could have dogs around. (Unleashed Unlimited)

I also found two posts this week about German shepherds who actually herd sheep! Check them out:

Sheepies! Kodiak the GSD turns out to have a lot of natural herding instinct. (German Shepherd Mom)

My GSDs and Sheep. Christine reflects on her experience with herding and Schutzhund with her GSD pack. (Blackthorn Working GSDs)

Pet-A-Likes: Look At Me. The caption is hilarious–and, one believes, probably true. (Awkward Family Pet Photos)