Tiny puppy rushes to help elderly woman sit down.
Why do people have pets? Why do they have dogs as pets?
Animal behaviorist Frania Shelley-Grielend said humans have pets for so many different reasons.
“Some are how those pets might benefit them whether it be through companionship, protection, to satisfy a curiosity or something else. And other reasons are for how they might benefit the pet through care taking, training or companionship,” Shelley-Grielend explained.
Basically, she said we take care of pets because they’re cute.
Our brains automatically think we need to hug them, snuggle them, and take care of them.
“When people see [pets’] cute faces, it stimulates caretaking behavior,” cat researcher Mikel Delgado said. “They remind us of babies, and so there’s this drive to take care of something that is small, cute, maybe cries and needs help.”
We can deny it all we want but that’s the truth.
That’s why some people are okay with living alone because they have pets to feed, bathe, care for, and to love. That’s why some unhappy people perk up or feel their lives brighten up when they begin to live with four-legged companions.
Even the hardest hearts have seen themselves softening because of these furry babies.
And even though dogs and puppies can be a handful because of their energy, even the crankiest heart can’t help but love them and care for them.