Dogs are just the best things. It’s nigh-on unbelievable to me that what was once an existential threat that prowled in the night and salivated at the smell of our flesh became the most wonderful angel of pure love and devotion and goodness. From carrying off stray children to devour to running to the beach because oh my god the beach! What a transformation. Dogs give everything to their humans. We are their world. There’s a famous clip of a boy, his dog, and a puddle, that the late, great Roger Ebert wrote up, singing the praises of our relationship with this four-legged avatar of empathy. He said:
John McPhee wrote that the early dogs, godless, observed that Man controls food, shelter and fire, and cast their lot with these hairless animals. Now they had a god. Observing that men liked to pet them, dogs encouraged them to touch
Encouraged us to touch them, indeed. Petting a dog is the purest interaction possible between two living beings. You know that face they do when they look at you and they want to be pet, and then you pet them, and their eyes close a little bit and their ears tilt backwards and it’s the how the world should be?
THIS IS THE OPPOSITE OF THAT!
Behold the subreddit, ‘pet the damn dog’.
It is hell.
In fact you know what? Some of these are just too painful to embed. And I’m not gonna do that to you guys. You will have to decide for yourself whether you want to see war crimes like…
Or indeed this.
Okay. I’m sorry. Here, a palate cleanser:
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