Dog as Woman’s BFF
We don’t need chick lit or the Lifetime network to tell us that dogs can be woman’s best friend. The role of dogs in the household has changed drastically in the last few hundred years. Prior to their pampered lives as household pets, dogs fulfilled a working role in the family, usually disappearing with the man early in the morning to hunt, herd or do draft work, and returned home only to sleep and eat in the barn, or if he was really lucky, grab a snooze near the fire.
Now that most of us make a living not off the land but in an office, dogs wait quietly at home (we hope) while we toil to bring home the biscuits. For women especially, dogs act as exercise motivators, stress relievers, non-judgemental listeners and support systems (Hey, you look fantastic in sweatpants!). Add the protection element, and men may worry they will be replaced by a well-bred German shepherd. Actually, guys have long known the draw of the cute dog. What single guy hasn’t toted their rescued pooch around town as a ‘chick magnet’? In fact, a person with a dog in tow is much more likely to be approached for light conversation by someone of the opposite sex. Dogs start conversations between humans as easily as we pick up the remote to mute the commercials. No dog minds personal questions like, “What breed is he? How old is he? Is that his natural hair color?” This gives dog owners a perfect excuse to chat, and even set up dog play dates at the park.
Women admit to talking directly to their dogs as they would to small children. Dogs listen to our problems with suitably furrowed brows and even seem to empathize. Talking during the playoffs or Fox news brings no sour look from a male quadroped lounging on the sofa. Part of this wonderful connection occurs because dogs sense the nurturing side of women and take full advantage. Dogs are an opportunistic species, and they know how to work the ladies. The nurturing sex is more likely to be emotive, seek comfort, and be demonstrative in their affection. Dogs know this through their excellent powers of observation, and forge close relationships with women to get more petting, more attention, and more treats. Try not to feel used. We get much more than we give when it comes to our dogs.
Check out the link below to see a recent news story where Amy appeared as an expert on Women and Dogs.