“Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.” Sigmund Freud

“The better I get to know people, the more I find myself loving dogs.” Charles de Gaulle, former President of France.  On the face of it, preferring a dog over humans seems absurd. After all, dogs’ thinking is limited, and their speech is non-existent. Yet, especially if people haven’t been reliably kind to you, a dog offers certain advantages:

Reliability

A dog will always be there for you. Dogs are unconditional love.  Compare that with the human divorce rate.  I gave that unconditional love to my husband and after 17 years our relationship ended in a divorce.  After that, my focus became my online business Health Manifested and Traveling Paw Pal.  A dog really is pure love.  It is important to find love and happiness in your life.  It is amazing how much love a dog can bring into your life even though they can’t offer financial support.

Non-judgmentalness

A dog will never disparage you. As was made famous by psychotherapist Carl Rogers, non-judgmental listening can often be of great benefit. Carl Rogers believed that genuine understanding and empathy were essential in facilitating personal growth and healing.   I had a doctor tell me I was allergic to dogs and told me that dogs offer so much healing he would never tell someone to get rid of their dog even with an allergy because of the benefits Carl Rogers and others have found in having a dog.