love our dogs

it will be okay, gary… somehow… i have hope.

gary– you’re all of our emotional support dog now, buddy. we need you more than ever. #spacepets

[gary, “kylo’s“ emotional support dog] anything to make the princess laugh.

grimm-fairy  asked:

I don't know if you've ever answered this before, but do you believe that snake and lizard pets feel love for their owners? There are a lot of conflicting opinions online.

This is a complicated question! People like to argue back and forth about it, but really, the answer is no. 

Reptiles, as awesome as they are, are incapable of feeling love as we understand it. There’s a kicker there, because human and reptile brains are very different. There’s a complex series of chemical reactions that govern human emotions. What we understand as love is closely related to oxytocin, a hormone that reptiles simply do not produce. Reptiles are also not social animals like dogs (for the most part- there are limited exceptions!) and they’re not domesticated. Domestication plays a HUGE part in why our dogs “love” us- we selectively bred the most social, friendly proto-dogs. Dogs have genetic instincts to socialize, to live in a pack with others, and to cooperate- but reptiles really don’t. 

That being said, reptiles do have emotions- fear, stress, curiosity, comfort- and can definitely come to recognize and trust their owners. They’re non-social creatures that are in many cases actively ok with hanging out with an animal much, much larger than them- some reptiles will even run up to their people when they see them, even if they don’t get a food reward. A well-acclimated reptile is often very curious about their person, and some reptiles will bond with their people- not so much the way a dog will, but they’ll trust a person and prefer their company and attention. But they’re not mammals and so trying to understand their emotional capabilities from a mammalian perspective is really difficult. It tends to lead to anthropomorphizing, or ascribing human thoughts and feelings to a non-human creature- and for reptiles, which have sensitive needs, this can end in tragedy. 

I think that’s actually one of the fairly rewarding things about pet reptiles- that they can come to trust a creature (us!) they should naturally fear or ignore. While they might not love us like we love them, they’re still wonderful, dynamic creatures. The best way we can show our love for them is by giving them the best lives possible and doing our best to earn their trust. 

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A few of the flowers we saw walking our favorite local trail.

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You were my only friend but she took you away from me. I know I’ll see you again someday. If you come back, I promise we’ll run away together.

Happy Birthday Carrie Fisher!

thank you for sharing you and your beloved space pup’s lives with us .. we miss you to the moon and back…

#GaryFisher thank you for being all of our emotional support dog, buddy, we miss your mom every single starry night <3

anonymous asked:

What did humans do to deserve dogs?

Okay so I know this was meant to be a shitpost, but I’ve actually been thinking about it a lot.

I don’t think humans inherently deserve dogs. We really are the lesser species in this relationship. 

I do, however, like to think that if we work hard enough and we try hard to be good to our dogs and include them in our fun adventures, that our dogs will appreciate and love us anyway.

Idk man, I hope Marlo (my dog) loves and appreciates me despite all my flaws as a dog owner. I like to think that, at the end of the day, she’s happy with me.

I think that, most days, she is.

If we keep working hard as a species and keep trying to do right by our dogs, maybe one day humans will deserve them. Thank goodness our dogs love us anyway, eh?

-C

anonymous asked:

Hanzo has a therapy dog that he loves more than 90% of his team mates it's an enormous German Shepard named Neko.

A therapy dog is exactly what Hanzo needs, a big derpy yet fiercely protective ball of slobbery love and happiness. the dragons get the biggest kick out of playing with him too & they all cuddle together in one big tangled ball.