How smart are dogs? What makes them such ideal companions?
The answers are all available to viewers of “Dogs Decoded” on KSPS7.2 in Spokane on Thursday, March 15 at 11a.m./4p.m. and 9p.m.
I love learning about dogs and what makes them tick. And I know lots of other people do as well since, according to the ASPCA 62 percent of all U.S. households have at least one pet. Answers.com says 44.8 million Americans have at least one dog and there are 74.8 million dogs owned total.
I have a Cardigan Corgi named Sawyer who is about 5 years old and is very spoiled. I spent a lot of time after my kids left home just waiting to be ready for a big commitment like owning a pet. I don’t take the responsibility lightly. And it wasn’t until my “kids” were off on their own for many years that I decided I was ready.
I had always wanted to own a Corgi and Sawyer was the cutest puppy ever! I just couldn’t resist. But I can’t say I want to repeat the puppy phase again for a long time. It is just too much … potty training, not sleeping, etc. etc. Still, it was just too much fun as well.
Enough about my dog … Dogs Decoded is a wonderful Nova program which first aired in Sept. 2010. I didn’t get to watch it in September so I’m glad they’re re-airing it.
The program gives us insight into the science behind the bond between humans and their furry companions – and “investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogs.”
According to the Nova info, they will present research “proving what dog lovers have suspected all along: Dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions. Humans, in turn, respond to dogs with the same hormone responsible for bonding mothers to their babies.”
Well, that explains why I always baby talk to Sawyer, and why he responds the way he does.
Can’t wait to catch this show. Join me on Thursday at 11a.m./4p.m. or 9p.m.