“I believe in always being open to learning more through exploration of everything available and following one’s sense of curiosity, creativity, and playfulness.” ― Jay Woodman
Let me state this for the record: a dog is more than a mere pooping machine that must be fed and walked daily so that its bowel movements and general health can be maintained with daily walks and other types of extraneous activity.
For many “dog lovers” the animal is an inconvenience because it has its own needs and imposes on its master’s needs for texting and general computer quiet time.
A dog is a human’s best friend. (notice I did not say “man’s) and as such deserves more that mute inattention. It is an intelligent, playful, friendly and curious being. It needs to not only romp freely by itself but also interact with its human care givers.
They say that a cat is too aloof and independent for its own good and that it merely humors humans with an occasional show of affection.
I wonder if over time cats have learned that human’s are fickle and need to be given the cold shoulder now and again to keep them in line.
If a dog owner refuses to get down-and-dirty with his/her pet they should wear canvas gloves whenever the dog is in their presence. The gloves will prevent any type of personable interaction and alert the dog that it may be time to seek nourishment and companionship elsewhere.
There was an experiment done with hamsters in the late sixties. The caretakers wore canvas gloves when changing one groups cages and playing with them. Another group was treated without the gloves.
It is no surprise that the group in which human contact was minimal the hamsters got depressed, became obese and overweight and died. Probably of loneliness.
My suggestion: Lose the phone and play with your best friend.