Why are dogs called ‘man’s best friend’?

Cebu Libre - - NEWS -

Through the ages, man has called dog one of his clos­est com­pan­ions. He has also called him pro­tec­tor, helper, life­saver, and provider. Dogs are an in­cred­i­ble friend to man be­cause they have been there through the years, through any task and any chal­lenge, but the re­la­tion­ship be­tween dog and man goes a bit deeper (and older).

The friend­ship be­tween dog and man dates back to 15,000 years when dogs, who orig­i­nated from a com­mon an­ces­tor, fol­lowed man through­out his mi­gra­tions in East Asia. Psy­cho­log­i­cally, this con­nec­tion makes sense be­cause both man and dog are so­cial be­ings. Nei­ther can thrive when alone, and both ben­e­fit men­tally (and of­ten phys­i­cally) from such a strong bond. Hav­ing a dog at home gives us a lis­ten­ing ear, a warm paw to hold, and even strong legs to run be­side.

It’s a sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship, since dogs have been do­mes­tic ated to a po in t where they need us to sur­vive, and we tend to find that we need them al­most as much.

Dogs have proven them­selves time and again to be loyal, kind, un­der­stand­ing, and have an in­domitable spirit. They are able to greet us hap­pily af­ter what may have been the worst day of our lives, and make us feel bet­ter with a wag of the tail and a play­ful grin. They are at our sides when we are sick, sad, and lonely. They love us even when we are grumpy, rude, or down­right mean. Dogs are the ones who seem to un­der­stand us on a level even we can­not fathom.

Plain and sim­ple: we call dogs our best friends be­cause we love them. We take pride in our dogs, and some­times show them off to oth­ers as we would our chil­dren. We play with them, hold them close, and rely on them for any num­ber of rea­sons. The rea­son that we call dogs “man’s best friend” is a sim­ple one. It is be­cause dogs al­low us to be their best friends. /by Kristina Kledzik

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