I've been asked a lot, these last few days, about dog love. I don't have a psychology degree nor a background in animal behavior....all I can write about is what I know about myself and my own experience with Sophie.
I think human love is complicated. And it should be...we are complicated creatures. It is wrapped up in the complexity of words, of innuendos, of relationship politics and of expectations. When two people manage to come through all of that with one another and find real love, there is no force like it in the world.
Dog love is different. It is love in it's simplest state. There are no words, no politics....you simply just feel it. I do not think it can replace human love...but that doesn't diminish what Sophie means to me. Having both kinds of love in my life has made my world richer. Each gives me something unique, each feeds a different part of my soul.
It's a wonderful thing to see the affect of dog love on people. To see a child's face light up at the sight of a favorite furry friend. To see a hand give a gentle touch of adoration. I see so much more of it now from behind my camera....glimpses of this power that transcends the differences between species and simply just is. Glimpses of dog love.
P.S. Visit Casey over at the Charlie Project. He was hit by a car and left alone on the side of the road. The vets at Guelph called him the Wonderdog, as they did not expect him to recover. His little personality was bigger than life. A pleasure to photograph.