I don’t function well without my shadow (Nike) and my soulmate (Willie). You know what I mean. If you’re reading this you’re as obsessed with dogs as I am. And like you I often wonder how I got this way.
Two years ago I found out. It’s all because of neurochemicals or naturally occurring brain drugs. According to science, when we’re around our dogs we get a big rush of oxytocin, a neurotransmitter that makes us feel warm and fuzzy. Thing is, the dogs get it too. It’s a mutually enhancing, loveable moment for all parties. We don’t even have to touch a dog to get that rush, looking at pictures of dogs or watching dogs and partners at work does the same thing (no jokes here). Clearly a beneficial partnership dog people have tapped in to for centuries for a drugless high.
Now when my family rolls there eyes after I refuse to leave a dog behind or drive long distances for special food or miss social events for another trial, I smile, nod, pet the nearest dog, and feel….all right man!