SAN DIEGO, August 20, 2019–National Dog Day is celebrated each year on August 26th and is an ideal day for our nation to celebrate a very special relationship between dog and man.
Dogs and humans go way back
Believed to have been an evolutionary phenomenon dating back perhaps 14,000 years ago, eye to eye contact between these two unrelated mammals species creates an increase in the secretion of the maternal bonding hormone oxytocin.
Precisely how this extraordinary evolutionary phenomenon occurred has a variety of theories, including early man bringing wolf puppies into their homes for companionship and protection.
It is hypothesized by some that those wolf puppies who adapted to man by the use of friendliness were favored and therefore provided food, affection, and shelter.
Breaking away from the pack
With symbiosis key to survival of both species, domesticated wolves broke away from their traditional wolf packs and persisted in evolution to adapt to man–which included functions of their brains.
Today, the wolf is incapable, unlike the domesticated dog, of producing an oxytocin reaction through eye to eye contact with man.
Adaptation to man has created other variances between dog and wolf
Through living together with man, dogs also differ from wolves in that they rely upon their human companion for help to solve problems, as opposed empirically attempting to solve their own problems as do wolves.
According to Smithsonian Magazine
They (dogs) look back to their human companions for help. This work hints that dogs may have lost some of their physical problem-solving abilities in favor of more social strategies, ones that rely on the unique sort of cooperation domesticated dogs have with humans.”
Dogs rule in the U.S.
There are over approximately 89.7 million dog owners (Statista, 2017) in the US who feel the joy each day of coming home to an overly enthusiastic best friend who is all too eager to please his favorite human.
It is estimated (National Today, a survey of 3,000 Americans) that approximately 70% of dog owners prefer spending time with their best furry friend; and 4 in 10 women are reported to prefer spending time with their dog than dating.
With such a special connection between dog and man, this extraordinary bond provides comfort and joy to both species while bringing out the ability to love unconditionally.
So which US states are the most dog-friendly?
The survey by National Today also estimates that the following are the top ten states in the US who love dogs the most:
New York 86%
Those of us who are dog crazy know why we bring home our furry friend of choice and feed it, care for it, nurture it, guide it and make it one of our family members. We are simply incapable of not loving our furry best friend with all our heart.
Whatever we give to our dog they return in love and devotion and with such voraciousness they would sacrifice their own life to protect us.
Our fur babies teach us how to be better people;
They teach us to
- Never hold a grudge
- Share our food and belongings
- Give positive reinforcement
- Ask for love and then return it
- Protect those we love
- Never bite someone who loves you
- Be there for one in need
- Sense the feelings of others
- Wag more and bark less”
- Play more e
- Express gratitude freely
- Always be ready for a ride, or walk.
Dogs deserve the very best from humans because that is what they give in return. The best of all that they are.
Whether a furry best friend is found at the humane society, a shelter or a responsible breeder, there is no doubt that they will add greatly to the quality of life and in service to humanity as a whole.
Celebrate National Dog Day on August 26
Have no bones about sharing the incredible story about the evolutionary bond between early dog and man and the unrelenting “tail” expressing unconditional love.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!