Posted : 10/28/2007 8:06:16 PM
Strange, we just had this very p ot on one of the golden forums i belong to. And yes i do believe with all my heart that dogs feel a kind of love. A dog puts it's life on the line to save a human family memeber and it is called instinct. When a human parent does the same thing to save thier child , it is called love. I hvae long heard dogs lick humans because they like the salt taste of the skin, and my dogs will lick strangers when strangers pet them--i think that is their way of saying "thanks" or "I like you". Many the time I have set down my dogs food bowls or dish full of fresh water and gotten a couple of quick swipes across the face. Why lick my face when what they want is right ther in front of them. I do think they are saying thanks.
I can be laying on the sofa and honey will dash up and give me a couple of swipes across the face and then dash out to see if there are squirrels in the trees or on the power lines--( I usually have back door open, weather permitting) doesn't even wait to get a pat. Just reminds me so much a a small child running up and giving a hug and dashing off.
When kayCee had her knee surgeries, her littermate brother would lay beside her and lick her face. When he was in icu for 8 days and died, sh stayed under the table and wouldn't eat. I know they cared about each other. And what abut Greyfriars Bobby ho spent years LIVING on his master's grave, only leaving to eat. his maste no longer providd him with food and attention, other's did. I believe, as with human dogs can show a differnt degree or kind of love, and in some cases, not show love at all. But I think most have a kind of love for humans and in mny cae, for each othr.