I do believe that a dog's love and loyalty is unconditional.
Growing up we were not allowed "pets" of any kind in the house. I remember one time clearly we begged and begged dad if we could bring a small, very small doggy home and after 3 days of begging he finally said "yes" Well, the very first day he came home we all went out as a family and left it home. By the time we got back and walked through the front door, there was about 20 rolls of toilet paper covering the living room floor. "Get him out of this house" Of course we gave him back to it's owner. We did not dare to mention the idea of another pet. Not even a bird.
There is such a sense of peace for me when i see small pets in the arms of their owners. Especially when they tuck their little face in and curl up into a ball. Or the pets that are extra affectionate. So sweet.
The idea that dogs feel emotions, specifically love, is debatable. Though older schools of scientific thought dogs had human-like feelings, some researchers today believe the subject deserves more attention. I do.
For the most part, our dogs would go to bat for us, even on our worst and most intolerable day. All parents have days when they may not really like their kid that much, but they always love them unconditionally; even parents of troubled or criminal children love them on some level. I grew up with many single moms that had very disturbed teens but when it came time for these mothers to prove their love for them, they never failed. The love and the loyalty that drives that kind of emotion is instinctual ... I think dogs have a 'love' or connection with their humans that is free of preconceived perceptions.
Doggies and Toddlers
I once heard "If you want to keep your child safe from your dog, keep your dog safe from your child" LOL That sounds funny. But true.
Mr.Captain does not torture him. Children should never approach a sleeping dog, an eating dog, a dog with a toy or chewie, a dog who is tired, a dog who isn't feeling well, a dog who is worried or excited, a dog who has had enough petting for one millennium. Watch the kids and the puppy to make sure neither are acting inappropriately and that they are respecting each other's space. If not, then they lose the privilege of being together. Time-outs are as effective with puppies as they are with children. I will DEF be putting Captain on "time out" if he does not obey the "doggy rules" For young toddlers, they treat small dogs like they would small babies. Either "Gentle or Rough" I want Captain to adore the doggy, respect the doggy and love him too and i will do my best to teach him how too. If he does not, i will have to step in.
We are delighted to have "Nacho" at home and totally looking forward to this summer out at the parks with him. I really hope i don't go spending too much money on Nacho :-))) I need to keep my spending habits under control :-)