Learning to know somebody intimately is often the beginnings of dislike, sometimes even of contempt. Among humans, love often does not survive a growing acquaintance, but in a dog, love seems to grow with acquaintance, to get stronger, deeper. Even when fully acquainted with all our weaknesses, our treachery, our unkindness, the dog seems to love strongly – and this love is returned by most dog-loving humans. We, too, seem to love our dogs the more we get to know them. The bond grows between us and our dogs. – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson in Dogs Never Lie About Love
Does a mere lick, obedience, cuddling, warm attachment, strong affection be considered as love coming from a canine? Judging from the way these animals treat us no matter our mood or the way we treat them seems like they have a lot of love to offer. Do dogs have the capacity to love? Why cannot a dog feel love when we can?
According to several scholars it is the ability to experience, discern feelings that separates us human beings from animals. Hence, stating that our dogs actually can feel that we love them through patting their heads and feeding them detest to the statement of many scholars that animals does not have the capability to actually experience and pond on feelings.
Yet again, all dog lovers does not need to believe nor have a scholar to tell them that their pets have the capacity to love them and feeling their love towards them. Overtime even the toughest, snobbiest dogs bend to either the kindest and or one of the harshest human on earth. Dogs tend to develop certain characteristics such as warm attachment, loyalty, helpful concern towards their master.
It is self sacrifice that is the essence of Agape Love. Such kind of love, passion can be seen with how Dogs deal with their master or any people around them for that manner. Many dogs have already been the subject of grudges, abuse of many humans.
Yet again, not matter how many times their master throw things at them, kick them, forget to feed them the dog will still in the end come running towards their master when they are needed. Dogs do not demand for your attention. These pets do not resort to several actions to make its master feel bad for neglecting. For these beings, learning and feeling that you are there for them is already enough.
Yes. Dogs can love. The mystery with the dog – human relationship however, is the capacity of the dog to love the human race so much. Unconditionaly.