Anyone who gets the sads tends to have a ritual for feeling a little bit better. Maybe it’s taking a nap, eating a hearty, healthy meal (read: a family-size bag of Cheetos), or watching a full season of any TLC reality show to remind yourself that your life isn’t actually a trainwreck. If those options don’t work for you, then may I suggest an emotionally intelligent dog buddy? Yep, some animals support their humans during the tough times instead of licking their own butts (cut to me giving the side eye to my sister’s cat)!
TikTok user @pdhickinbottom uploaded a sweet moment of her dog Iris helping her get to bed. PD apparently forgot something important when turning in for the night which caused Iris to spring into action. According to PD:
Iris jumped down off the bed the other night and trotted downstairs. I checked the ring to see what she was up to. She must’ve realised I didn’t have my comfort teddy, so she grabbed it and brought it up to me in bed.
The video shows Iris wandering around downstairs in search of the teddy and once found, heading upstairs to PD. Never mind the little bit of slobber on the stuffed toy, now that’s service. Someone get that dog some Beggin’ Strips! Here’s Iris saving the day…er, night.
I know I’m biased but I really have the most amazing dog ever #dogsoftiktok
According to Newsweek, dogs are particularly sensitive to their owner’s feelings.
A 2019 study discovered that a dog’s ability to pick up on their owner’s emotions increases over time. As the oldest domesticated animal, dogs possess a special ability to communicate with humans, which researchers believe is a survival mechanism that is useful to both species.
This skill also means they can tell when you’re sad and want to help. One experiment using glass doors found that dogs tried to get to their owners at a faster rate if they seemed distressed, in comparison to just sitting and humming.
For those of us with pet pals who will only lift a singular paw to shake the bowl to announce that it’s dinner time at 3 pm (and 6 pm and 10 pm…), don’t be disheartened. All pets come in different shapes, sizes, and personalities. I recently babysat a dog who only knew how to fart. And if my husband has anything to say about it, farting is a kind of love language!