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His dog up and died
He up and died
After twenty years he still grieves
— Lyrics, Mr. Bojangles.
I’VE ALWAYS MARVELLED at the ease with which those from one species connect with those of another.
Cats and dogs, born to be enemies, can become the best of friends. So can dogs and ducks, monkeys and tigers, giraffes and ostriches — all have been known to become best buddies. And we humans build relationships with all kinds of animals.
None is as strong as the bond between people and their dogs. We’re the perfect companions. It’s said life is better with dogs, that the only thing wrong with dogs is that they don’t live long enough.
I was reading an article that said scientists have found that when humans and their dogs gaze into each other’s eyes, there’s a spike in the hormone oxytocin in the brains of both. Oxytocin is associated with strong feelings of love and protection.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.