“I wrote about the emotional bond between men and dogs back in May, but knew I had to wait longer before I could possibly speak about it.” ~Andy Grant
This is the article that prompted today’s discussion: Men and Their Dogs
Dogs, unlike perhaps anything else in the typical man’s life, give unconditional love and support. Your dog is ALWAYS glad to see you. Your dog ALWAYS loves you, whether you just yelled at him for eating your favorite sneakers or you’ve spent hours tossing a ball to them. No other living creature gives so much emotion, presence, attention and time to a man like a dog. Your dog will never call you names, go behind your back, or leave you for another owner.
Topics Covered Include:
- Richard and Andy talk about recently putting dogs down.
- The intensity of grief around losing a dog.
- The unconditional love dogs offer.
- The support of dogs when depressed and suicidal.
- Have you seen men in your family display more emotion regarding their dog than other people?
- What do you think is behind your connection to your dogs, as a child or adult?
- Have you ever been surprised by your grief regarding a pet?
- Do you think men are encouraged to show emotion related to dogs or is it more that they are discouraged in showing emotion in other areas of life?
- Why do you think the bond between a man and his dog can be so strong?
- Was the loss of a dog, in life or on screen, a moment that was ok for the adults in your life to cry over when you were a kid?
- Anything top of mind that you’ve learned from a dog?
- Some wild stories involving animal communicators are shared.
- What do we mean when we say “pulling yourself together?”
Watch “The Connection Between Men and Dogs” – Real Men Feel, Episode #99
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Need some science?
Andy’s posts about his dog, Sadie:
A Dog Guarantees One of the Best Days of Your Life and One of the Worst
Learning From The Master: My Dog
This is the video that Andy saw of Sadie five years ago and had he and his wife rush to the shelter.
Andy’s book: Homer’s Guide to Happiness: Six Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog
Louise Hay and David Kessler’s book: You Can Heal Your Heart
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