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Why do we love our pets?

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Why do we love our pets?

Why do we humans love our pets so much? Here's what science has to say: “It really is an amazing question,” said Clive Wynne, director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University. Wynne has devoted his career to studying animal behavior and the evolutionary relationship between animals and people. He said it's easy to see why our pets would love us: “The success of dogs [and other domesticated creatures] on the surface of the Earth is entirely due to the fact that we take some level of care for them.” In fact, some scientists have suggested that pets...

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Why do we love our pets so much ?

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Why do we love our pets so much ?

When four chimpanzees captured a young blue duiker to play with, you might at first believe they wanted to keep it as a pet. They tumbled about with it but in the end, it went badly for the antelope. Their playful behavior was too rough and ended in its death. The chimpanzees continued to play with the corpse for another 30 minutes. This was a special case. The duiker was not a "pet" in the sense as we know it. Animals do not keep pets; you won't see a chimpanzee taking a dog for a walk or an elephant keeping...

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Why People Care More About Pets Than Other Humans

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Why People Care More About Pets Than Other Humans

WE LOVE OUR pets. Two-thirds of Americans live with an animal, and according to a 2011 Harris poll, 90 percent of pet owners think of their dogs and cats as members of the family. These relationships have benefits. For example, in a survey by the American Animal Hospital Association, 40 percent of married female dog owners reported they received more emotional support from their pet than from their husband or their kids. The pet products industry calls this “the humanization of pets.” One of my colleagues recently spent $12,000 on cancer treatments for her best friend Asha, a Labrador retriever....

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How Much Do Americans Love Dogs?

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How Much Do Americans Love Dogs?

  Do you sign your dog’s name to the family Christmas cards? Do you call and leave your dog voice messages when you’re away? Do you talk baby talk to your dog even though he’s 75 years old in dog years? If you're American and you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are not strange. You’re normal. With a canine population topping 75 million, America is home to more dogs than any other country on Earth, outpacing second place Brazil by over 40 million dogs. Industry, technology and a largely urban lifestyle suggest that dogs as workers...

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AMERICANS LOVE PETS

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AMERICANS LOVE PETS

What with Grumpy Cat and therapy goats, $150 granite cat food bowls and $2,600 Gucci dog carriers, it's easy to think that a society that has dedicated pet bakeries, canine-only cable channels and a cat with more Twitter followers than the Dalai Lama has (forgive us) seriously gone to the dogs in recent years. Even a cursory look at the statistics would indicate that something is afoot: According to an annual survey conducted by the American Pet Products Assn., 65% of American households (79.9 million) are currently home to a pet (up from 56% in 1988) and annual spending on...

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