New Studies Show Humans Love Dogs More Than Other Humans

According to the research, “Both contained text that read, ‘Would you give £5 to save Harrison from a slow, painful death?’ One version featured a picture of the real Harrison Smith, an eight-year-old boy diagnosed with Duchenne (Muscular Dystrophy). The other featured a stock photo of a dog.

When the ads ran on MSN’s United Kingdom website with links to donate to the charity, the one depicting the dog attracted twice as many clicks as the one with the boy (230, compared to 111).”

Why would people pick pooches over people? The study pontificates: “It may be that many people appraise dogs as vulnerable, regardless of their age, when compared to adult humans. In other words, dogs, whether young or adult, are seen as possessing many of the same qualities associated with human babies; they are seen as unable to fully protect themselves, compared to adult humans.”

Psychotherapist Justin Lioi agrees. “We are more able to empathize with someone whom we deem to have little blame for their circumstances,” Lioi told I Love My Dog. “Dogs and babies are the definition of didn’t-ask-for-this and we are more likely to rush to support them.”

Dr. Kathrine McAleese, a sociologist and systemic psychotherapist, has clients who work extensively with dogs. She said she sees this phenomenon regularly. “People who fit this study’s outcomes will often view animals as innocents and humans as not having the same purity,” McAleese told I Love My Dog. “When I ask them why they will spend money on their dog’s health, fitness, nutrition, yet not on themselves, the overwhelming answer I get is ‘because my dog deserves it.’” Click Open or Arrow Button to Complete Read

26 Comments

  1. I absolutely love dogs and animals more then most people hands down I’d take a dog over a kid any day of the week but I’m sure humane will use this soft spot against other humans case in point!!$$???

  2. With dogs you get unconditionally love 24 / 7. With humans they are fake, they don’t do what they say and can change in the blink of an eye. Yes I prefer dogs 100 percent over humans any day…..

  3. Interesting article and yet I bet there’s a very high percentage of empathetic people that would carry on eating animals as soon as they crave a burger, bacon sandwich or a hot ‘dog’.

  4. OUR FURBIES DO NOT LIE, STEAL FROM
    YOU. >
    WELL > MAYBE A T-BONE OR TOO. LOL>
    BUT THEY DON’T STEAL SOMETHING OF VALUE. & THEY DON’T CHEAT, NOR PLAY ALL THE NOT SO NICE HEAD TRIPS & STAB FRIENDS NOR THEIR FRIENDS IN THE BACK. OUR FURBIES LOVE US WITHOUT THE PHONINESS.
    THEY SENSE HOW WE FEEL & ALWAYS BY OUR SIDE > UNLIKE ALOT OF MATES WHO WALK OUT THE DOOR w/0 CONCERN.

  5. I totally agree I thought I was the only one to feel this way .but dare you say it and you get people saying your a bad person to say that .I definitely pick a dog or cat over any human being. How many dogs or cats or any animal do any hurt or damage.humans are class at it

  6. That is a little harshly exaggerated. My brothers and parents = I love either more or equal to my 4dogs. More $$$ Are given to Cancer, American Heart Association, etc Than Any Animal Charity.

  7. Yes!! I cried more to a dog than the death of a human! even if they are familiar! The death of the people I forget soon! The death of a dog makes me cry forever and I carry it in my heart forever !! ❤️

  8. I believe that man was given the dog to be man’s best friend. So that we could learn from them what unconditional LOVE looks like so that we could be more like Jesus. Unfortunately we think we’re the smart ones and that the dog learns from us. Think about it… why else would a dog be called dog and man’s best friend… What’s doG spelled backwards anyway!!! I’m gonna go give my doG a huge hug!

  9. It’s hard to tell whose real nowadays, but for most parts, a bulldog is gonna be a bulldog and a labrador is gonna be a labrador, I can’t say the same for a Peter or a Julia.

  10. its funny people think its horrible to eat a dog..but ok to eat cow,pig,chickens, deer..makes no sense..its all animals..btw i don’t own pets..

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