If you're a regular reader of the blog, I bet you don't need any proof that dogs can sense our emotions. We have featured many stories here of people who say it is their dog that rescued them and not the other way around, and I am one of them. You can read Wiley's story via the tab on the top of the page, but there have been many other times that I can sense Wiley trying to hone in on someone's pain or sadness and comfort them. In fact were he not so neurotic himself, and thus in need of reassurance quite often, I think he would be a stupendous therapy dog. He is by far one of the most sensitive animals I've ever known.
|One of my favorite pics, taken by Amy while we were chatting on FaceTime. Wiley was trying to get in on the conversation.|
|Wiley with Jenny's bowl.|
|Wiley is hiding his head behind my shoulder because he doesn't like car rides.|
And speaking of laws to protect animals, three cheers for Chicago for passing an ordinance that all pets sold within the city's pet stores will have to come from rescues or shelters from now on. No more propping up the puppy mill pipeline. There are other major cities, such as Los Angeles, that have this law in place. However, Chicago is the first mid-west city to do so. This is important because there are a lot of puppy mills located in the mid-west. You can read more about the ordinance here.
|He fell asleep sitting up watching me eat dinner.|
I picked the collection of pictures you see here because I feel they showcase Wiley's distinct personality quite well. Dogs are not interchangeable. They are not replaceable either. Not only are they a part of our household, they are a part of our family, responsive and supportive and in many cases necessary. We didn't need any proof, but we'll take it for sure!
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