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Canine Love - Dog Love Man, Man Love Dog | Are Dogs Really Man's Best Friend?

Updated on May 14, 2014
Man's Best Friend. They Even Pray With Us. Who Knew?
Man's Best Friend. They Even Pray With Us. Who Knew?

Dogs Are Man's Best Friend

We've all heard the expression or saying, "dogs are man's best friend". I've often wandered if that is really true. Could there really be no other animal species on earth more loving of their master outside of the dog family?

Let me start by saying, I love dogs, especially Labradors, Beagles, German Shepherd, and Golden Retrievers. I must confess though, that there are some breeds of dogs out there that I'm not particularly crazy about, simply because of the weirdness in their looks. There are so many mix breeds of dogs that it's sometimes hard to classify some as dogs. Nevertheless, dogs are adorable, cute, and very adaptable.

Man Needs Dog. We've Come A Long Way Baby!

Now, about the claim that dogs are 'man's best friend'? That's not just a claim, it's a fact that's been proven over centuries of man's existence. This relationship between man and the dog species is a unique relationship that cannot be explained by science.

Archaeological discoveries have placed man and their dog companions side by side in excavated graves as far back as 7,000 B.C. This relationship formed between man and dog has often been described as 'man needs dog', as it refers to mans need for a hunting companion. But with time the relationship between man and dogs shifted. Not only are dogs used as hunting companions, they are also used as pets in various households, as work dogs for the handicaps, and as police dogs to assist our law enforcement personnel in their fight against crime.


What's This Bond Between Man and Dog?

I've always wondered if it's by God's design that people and dogs will have the relationship that sometimes drives us, not only to adopt these cuddly, lovable creatures, but also to count them as "our children", that is, part of our family.

And even though other animal species, like the cats and horses do fit into this role, none, in my opinion, measures up to the degree that dogs are more likely to be the pet of choice for most of us. That drives me to ask the question, What is it that draws us to the dogs species than to other animal species?

Could it be dogs ability to; show love, promptly obey commands, or is it their intelligence, or loyalty to their human companions? Surely other animals like the cats have these traits too. And there are some animals that are even as intelligent as dogs. So what makes dogs so well suited with us humans?

I don't think we can really know why since ancient time, the human race and dogs have come to be so drawn to each other as to form the bond that we have all come to know and, maybe even experienced. One thing I do know, I am yet to see an animal species that's been proven to have such loyalty, love and care for their human companions as the dogs.


Mans Best Friend Indeed!
Mans Best Friend Indeed!

Dogs Are Loyal Friends

Some of us have probably seen one or two dog(s) movie in our lifetime. They all seem to portray or emphasize the loyalty trait that is so commonly seen in dogs.

Recently, I saw a movie called, Hachi. This movie is based on a true story about a dog named Hachi. A very touching story indeed about a lost puppy that was found by a Professor Wilson at a train station. Hachi endeared himself into the Wilson's Family and grew to be the professor's loyal companion.

Hachi went daily to the train station to see his master off, and to welcome him home. The dog hardly missed a day. Even after the professor's sudden death, Hachi continued to wait at the train station daily for his masters return. Hachi died of old age right in front of the train station while waiting for his master that will never return. Never have I seen a story so moving. This story demonstrates the possible bond of loyalty that could be formed by dogs and their human companions.


Dogs Are Always Excited To See Their Human Friend(s)

There's nothing as annoying as coming home from work after a long day, or from a trip and not get a simple 'hello' from the humans you live with. Try getting your kids off the computer and TV screen long enough to give mom or dad a welcome home hug. Not happening. You'll be lucky if they even acknowledge that you're in the same space with them. Come home with a gift for them, and they might get a little excited!

But with our canine friends/family, it's a different story altogether. Dogs are always excited to see their owner, always so eager to play. Whenever we go on a trip, our dogs are always more excited than our human family members to see us back home. If they can jump over the fence, or crash through the glass or screen door to get that hug, they would.

I recently saw some 'welcome home' videos of returning troops taken by their family members. These videos shows the excitements of dogs of some of our men and women in uniform as they return home from their deployment. In my opinion, there can be no better welcome home hugs than those received by our troops from their canine companions. Just goes to prove the saying that, 'dogs are - man's best friend'. (See Video below)

They Are Also Very Caring. Genuinely So! See For Yourself... And...You Better Get The Kleenex!

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Dogs Are Caring

Our canine friends are not only loyal animals, they can also be very loving and caring, and are never shy when it comes to expressing such love and care to their human companions. Dogs are very protective of their owners and will fend off intruders whenever necessary. They can also be very helpful around the house and farms when properly trained.

We in turn take care of them by lavishing them with gifts, such as, toys, special treats, and fashion clothes. Some even get expensive medical care, all in the name of love. It must be good living in dog world.

No other animal, not even the cat, in the history of mankind have shared our space with us as dogs. They eat at our tables, sleep in our beds, ride in our vehicles, get on board with us on the plane, in our swimming pools; on the football field, or any field. It's a man needs dog, dog love man world.

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @Larry Wall - One barking beagle will do it for me! Over the fence I go. Thanks for your comment. Very well appreciated.

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      Larry Wall 4 years ago

      We have three beagles--they are not pets, they are family members. They pull their weight through their caring, the calming attitude and the fact if a stranger approaches, we are going to know about it. If three barking beagles will not scare off an intruder, then nothing will.

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @epigramman - Now, that's a man who love his cats! I love how you said 'I am owned by two cats'. I wish I could say that I love cats, but I sincerely love that you love yours.

      You are sooo appreciated. Stay blessed, and if you can, stay warm over there in Ontario ( just thinking of 'there' makes me shivers). :)

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...well this is a comforting and lovely hub presentation from a lady with a pure heart and passion for her pets - amen - and as for myself, I am owned by two cats, lol, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel, and in their own feline way they supply me with unconditional love too - and yes I am their big daddy - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 1:45pm

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @tillsontitan - As always, you are very welcome. Thanks for your votes and comment.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Dogs are truly incredible, crossing the country, climbing mountains, and performing other incredible feats to get back to their loved ones! Voted up and interesting.

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @Shesabutterfly - Thank you for your comment. Very well appreciated.

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @teaches12345 - I'm Glad you love that photo. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Hachi is a great movie! The loyalty of a dog never ceases to amaze me. I have a Chocolate Lab/Catahoula Leopard, and every time she stays with my parents, my dad always takes her to the gas station to get a treat and show off his grandpup. I can totally relate to people thing of them as their "children". Great hub, very interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I have to agree that dogs are much better companions. They are always there for you, look forward to your coming home and just are so faithful. Love your photo of the child and dog praying!