Dogs can feel fear, sadness, happiness, and even grief. It sounds obvious, but it tends to slip our minds now and then.
Some of the things we would go out of our way to do for humans don’t even cross our minds when we are dealing with our dogs.
Take loneliness; for example, you would notice if someone in your life was lonely, right? This dog knew his friend was feeling lonely, and he knew exactly what to do to make them feel better.
Meet two very good friends
Oranit Kittragul lives in Thailand and she owns a dog called Messy. Her neighbor owns a husky called Audi.
Every time Audi’s owner leaves for work, Messy barks as if he is trying to comfort Audi. Audi barks back to acknowledge Messy. This is their daily routine for every weekday during the time when their owners are away.
While they had never seen each other before, they’ve had this exchange for so long that they had become friends.
A chance to spend time together
One day as Audi’s owner was leaving for work, he forgot to lock his gate. The dog took the opportunity to visit his friend. He ran over to Messy’s house and said hello.
Anyone walking past the two dogs would be surprised. They were basically hugging each other over Oranit’s fence.
Oranit instinctively pulled out her phone and took a picture of the moment. After all the excitement had died down, Audi ran back to his home happy to have had the chance to see his friend in person for the first time.
Hopefully, now that it’s obvious how much the two dogs care about each other, they’ll have more chances to hang out. Maybe they’ll even get to start spending those long weekdays together instead of just barking to each other from afar.
Dogs can get lonely and bored, just like the rest of us. Here are a few things that may be worth trying if you have a dog who spends their afternoons barking up a storm:
Make it easy for them to see the outside world
Being able to see birds fly by, see squirrels run across a yard, or see anything move is more stimulating than sitting inside and waiting for someone to come home.
Leave their favorite toys out
Another great pastime for our furry friends is playing with toys – the more, the better. When dogs are feeling lonely, they tend to take it out on furniture by chewing on it or ripping it apart. We can all agree that we’d rather they chewed on their toys than the sofa.
Drop by during a break
Depending on how close your home is to your workplace, consider paying your dog a surprise visit. Even ten minutes of playtime is enough to improve their mood. Research shows that it’s good for us too. Those ten minutes can help to decrease your stress and blood pressure.
Don’t forget the morning run
The idea here is to help them burn a lot of energy before you leave for the day. This way, they can spend the afternoons doing what we would all rather be doing – relaxing.
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