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Does your dog really love you?

Discussion in 'The Animal World' started by Jonathan Bailey, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. Jonathan Bailey

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    If you hand him a big bowl of yummy food and a big handful of yummy treats I bet he'll love you to death. He'll love you even more if he is allowed to lie on your comfy bed at night.

    A radio Catholic priest was just saying God didn't give animals the capacity to love but only mankind.

    Sometimes I think dogs are more loving than most people especially if they are treated kindly.
     
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  2. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    What would a priest know of love?
     
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  3. Jonathan Bailey

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    Nothing about "in bed" love.
     
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    Ask my dog at supper time.
     
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    It was a similar mindset of the same group with regard to animals and souls that led to my departure from the Catholic Church.

    Some Catholics sure know how to alienate animal lovers.
     
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    Maybe love for little boys?
     
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    How would they know? Some random thought dredged up from the unconscious mind they felt they had the authority to claim as divine thinking.
     
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    Since animals have the same emotional capacity as humans derived from the same evolutionary process which created the neurologic processes that create the feeling we call love, then why would you not believe that the dogs experience love? The neuroscience evidence and all of the ethnology studies are clearly in support and unless someone can show clear evidence that other mammals do not experience "love" then there is no reason to deny them of the capacity especially with the new research showing overwhelming similarity in studies of animal emotions. I am not sure that all priests would say that dogs or other animals do not love but I never asked. Those that say they do not experience love are clearly not aware of what is now known and are just maintaining their outdated anthropocentrism view.
     
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  9. Ouroboros

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    I believe dogs, horses, and many other animals can feel love. We know from studying apes that they can feel sorrow and loss of their babies, which suggests that there's a strong feeling for them while they're alive. I suspect love and care is an integral part of creating a society. The group of individuals will only hold together if they have some form of abstract attitude towards them, more than just automatic reflexes.

    Besides, our dogs interact on such a level that I'm certain that they do feel things. What I can't know, however, is if they feel the exact same thing I feel? Maybe not, but they're not without emotions.
     
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    Dogs most certainly have emotions, and while their love is not nearly as complicated as the human notion of love is, it is most certainly a more pure form of love then ours ever will be. So if Love is some sort of divine Truth, then maybe we should be looking to dogs for inspiration, not minimizing them.
     
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    sun rise "Let there be peace and love among all"
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    I believe dogs (and other higher animals) know love.
     
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    That priest is an idiot. Humans are animals. There's a lot of research documenting the emotional lives of animals. They have pretty much the same spectrum of emotions like us, especially if they're mammals. What we call love is really a bond between beings. Certainly dogs experience that.
     
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    Dressed like animals? Ewww
     
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    That's a big Ewww
     
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