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    The New York Times Company | JAMES GORMAN | 11/22/19 | 9 min
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    • Pegeen
      Scribe
      7 months ago

      I always find what scientist choose to research fascinating - this is such a study. I don’t see the urgency in knowing why a dog loves - they just do, for the most part. Now cats would be much more interesting to me because they are more mysterious, discriminating and perplexing. We have 2 cats, one is a feral we raised from a kitten. Stripey must play with stuffed mice, it’s apparently in her blood. She loves for us to throw the mouse, as she chases it and growls in returning it to us for more tosses. Bat Man is a 14lb Tabby and gorgeous. He commands attention but if you go to pet him, invariably he will hiss and swipe at you - especially men. He adores me, follows me like a dog and even sits in my lap when I meditate - unfortunately he doesn’t get any of the rebound mellow vibes. It has taken my husband 8 years of feeding and coaxing for Bat Man to like him. There are the very rare moments when Bat Man automatically approves of someone, which is even more mysterious. One was a pizza delivery person, male, who could pet him without incident. Perhaps it was the aroma of pizza!

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        7 months ago

        Upvote!

    • tdsimpson907 months ago

      I don't even have a dog but now I want one.

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        7 months ago

        Seriously!! I’ve been wanting one for a while, but now it’s getting crazy.

    • TripleG
      Reading streak
      7 months ago

      Love is the next revolution!

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        7 months ago

        YES!! It is!!!

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      7 months ago

      I knew I’d love this, but it’s even deeper and more thoughtful than I expected.

      For various reasons, I love the term “interspecies love.” And I love when scientists “throw aside decades of immersion in scientific jargon.”

      Now I’m sitting here wondering if humans can learn a lot from dogs. Love is all you need. Duh.