(VIDEO) – This Rottweiler refuses to leave his brother who passed away during the night
People often wonder whether dogs have emotions just as humans do. Dog Lovers will agree they do and probably have dozens of stories that prove it. Skeptics on the matter will disagree saying dogs cannot manifest their feelings the same way we do.
It doesn’t really matter who’s right or wrong. The point is dogs not only wag their tail go about life leaping in joy when their owners return home after work. They too can feel down, depressed, scared or angry given some type of negative situation in their life.
This story is a perfect example of how even toughies like Brutus the Rottweiler are deeply affected by a terribly sad episode. Brutus’s twin brother Hank, passed away during the night. Brutus and his owner wake up the next morning and both are shocked to see Hank’s lifeless body lying by their side.
Brutus’s owner does not like to record nor share personal catastrophes but he wanted to show the world how dogs have emotions and can feel pain just as we do.
…we now understand that dogs have all of the same brain structures that produce emotions in humans. Dogs also have the same hormones and undergo the same chemical changes that humans do during emotional states. Dogs even have the hormone oxytocin, which, in humans, is involved with feeling love and affection for others. With the same neurology and chemistry that people have, it seems reasonable to suggest that dogs also have emotions that are similar to ours. However it is important to not go overboard and immediately assume that the emotional ranges of dogs and humans are the same.Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C.Canine Corner
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