Best friends: why is the love we have for our dogs so special?

Monty Don’s grief for the loss of his retriever, Nigel, was a reminder that in a time of uncertainty, people are drawn to simple innocence

At the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown we were confronted with a painful decision. Our West Highland terrier, Ziggy, who had travelled the world with us, was rapidly declining.

She’d beaten the odds three times following the discovery of a mass on her bladder which was finally confirmed as cancer. But in the space of a few months she’d gone from accompanying us on 10km runs to struggling to walk, unable to pee and poo easily, her quality of life rapidly declining.

‘Friendship’ appears to be the most suitable word to describe close human-pet relationships

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Source: theguardian
Best friends: why is the love we have for our dogs so special?