The connection we have with dogs has been long acknowledged as one of the strongest bonds around, even if at some point they will inevitably steal a little ‘frango’ off your plate!
It’s a relationship which has developed over thousands of years and even today, certain parts of the world have a different relationship to what many in the western world now regard as a domestic pet.
Our history with dogs goes farther back than our history with other domesticated livestock. Evidence has been found that supports dogs and HOOMANS! living together as far back as 13,000 years.
Initially, packs of wolves would follow us looking for food scraps. At some point the friendlier wolves approached the HOOMANS! who in turn took them in as companions.
The bond was mutually beneficial in that we provided shelter and protection from the elements, and wolves could help bring down prey and provide protection against other animals.
Friendly wolves were bred with other friendly wolves, to eventually become dogs. What’s particularly interesting is that dogs evolved alongside us, which might explain why they are able to connect with us on a deeper level than many animals today.
Here’s why we think dogs are the best pets ever….
They’re incredibly loyal. It’s no wonder a 40% of dog owners recently admitted they tell their dogs everything. We know we can trust them!
Their positive attitude. Dogs get excited over the simplest things – sticks, a knock at the door, a bird or a cat. No one can be sad with a furry friend around.
They’re great at cuddles. Not much in life that beats a night on the sofa, snuggled up with a glass of wine and your arm round a snoozing pooch.
They make you active – even when you really can’t be bothered to go for a walk, the necessity of ‘walkies’ means you have to get out there.
They do their business outside. Unlike cats, you don’t need to keep a litter box inside when you have a dog, though you will find yourself constantly carrying around poo bags!
They love you back. Scientists have discovered that dogs release the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin.
They’re always happy when you get home. While teenagers might greet you with a grunt, your dog will be positively beside itself with joy!
They help you chat to people. Any dog owner will know that walking your pet is a terrific way to start conversations with fellow animal lovers.
They make you laugh. Whether they’re accidentally doing a backward roll off the sofa or soaking themselves in the sea, dogs will have you laughing at their antics.
Dogs protect you. Out of all the pets, a person is likely to have, dogs are probably the best at protecting the household. After all, it's pretty difficult for a fish to attack an intruder!
Here at the Spotted Dog we understand how important your dog is to you, and as owners of two cocker spaniels ourselves, we treat all dogs with loving care and attention.
We are always very happy for owners to stay for part or even all of their dog's groom, so you can see what we do and the loving care and attention we provide. In addition to dog grooming we offer day care and overnight boarding, providing your little loved one with love, companionship, and exercise; and you with the peace of mind your best friend is being well looked after.