What Does Your Dog Do When He Feels Your Pain?

September 29, 2012 at 9:05 am 6 comments

B.J. here with an observation. Charlie Bear seems to know when I need some comfort. He runs and jumps up to be with Roger all the time, so when he snuggles up next to me it’s truly precious.

There are experts who think that dogs comfort distressed humans and that it’s hardwired into a dog’s brain. Dogs may empathize with humans more than any other animal, including humans themselves, several new studies suggest. The latest research, published in the journal Animal Cognition, found that pet dogs may truly be man (or woman’s) best friend if a person is in distress.

Over the past two years, there have been many times Charlie Bear has comforted me.

How does your dog comfort you?

Best wishes for a great weekend,
Hugs,
B.J.

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  • 1. juliegarmon  |  September 30, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Sweet, sweet post. And they do feel our pain. I’m not sure about cats–though my daughter says they do. Labs follow you and demand nothing from you when you’re having a difficult day. They just know. They seem less active and are on their best behavior.

    I LOVE this picture of you and CB!

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    • 2. bjtaylorblog  |  September 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Julie,
      Charlie Bear is truly loving me up. He does it so much lately, and it still surprises me every time.
      Thanks for the sweet comment!
      Love to you and Clyde,
      B.J. and Charlie Bear

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  • 3. Sandi  |  September 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I sat sobbing at the wheel of a big rental truck, heading into an unknown chapter of life. My world had caved in. The only constant was Buffy, my sweet golden retriever mix, endearing companion the past 12 years (since the day he was born unexpectedly on our daughter’s bed in Italy, another story for another time). Now Buffy sat snuggled next to me on the truck seat, licking my tears and looking up at me with his soft brown eyes, as if to say, ‘I’m here for you.’ I knew he knew. I believe one of the ways God shows His grace and comfort to us is through our beloved furry friends.That day, the Lord used Buffy to help me through that first frightening step in my long journey to hope and healing. Four years later, the night before he collapsed and died, Buffy went around our little family circle one by one, laid his head on each of our laps, wagged his tail and sighed, as if to bid us farewell. He had led a full life, he was weary, yet finishing strong. I still grieve the loss of this one who seemed to know just how to grieve with me. And yet, recalling all the joy he brought to so many during his 16 years on earth, I find myself sporting a huge, grateful grin, and if I had a tail I’d be wagging it. 🙂 How blessed we are when the Lord loans us, for a season, these special “ambassadors” of His love and care.

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    • 4. bjtaylorblog  |  September 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      Sandi, your story about Buffy is loving and touching. I feel for you, as I, too, said goodbye to my Golden Lab Rex in June last year. Yes, we are truly blessed when the Lord loans these sweet, gentle furry friends to us for a season as special ambassadors of God’s love. Thank you so much for sharing.
      Hugs,
      B.J.

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  • 5. Shawnelle  |  September 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Hi BJ and Charlie Bear…I mentioned before that our greyhound Sissy has been climbing up the steep, old stairs to be with our family in our second story family room. But last weekend Lonny and the boys were out of town. Sweet Sissy sprawled out at the bottom of the stairs instead of coming up to hang out with me. She was protecting me through the night. Precious – that girl.And it did, indeed, bring comfort. I missed having her close but loved knowing she was there!

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    • 6. bjtaylorblog  |  September 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

      LOVE that Sissy-Girl protected you while hubby and the boys were away. What a sweet, sweet display of love. : o )

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