Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.” Sigmund Freud

“The better I get to know people, the more I find myself loving dogs.” Charles de Gaulle, former President of France.On the face of it, preferring a dog over humans seems absurd. After all, dogs’ thinking is limited, their speech non-existent. Yet, especially if people haven’t been reliably kind to you, a dog offers certain advantages:

Reliability. A dog will always be there for you. Compare that with the human divorce rate.

Non-judgmentalness. A dog will never disparage you. As was made famous by psychotherapist Carl Rogers, non-judgmental listening can often be of great benefit.

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