|"Momma, I understand our relationship is unique and beautiful. But... really?"|
The article mentioned a recent paper out of George Regents University that studied the hypothetical situation of a bus hurtling towards both a dog and a human. They asked 500 people who they'd save - and varied exactly whom was in front of the bus.
In the first scenario, everyone opted to save a sbling, grandparent or close friend over a stange dog.
But... when asked to choose between a distant cousin or a stranger versus your own dog, people started voting in favor of the dog. And in the biggest swing in Fido's favor, 40% (and 46% of women) said they'd save their dog over a foreign tourist. As the WSJ noted, "This makes Parisians' treatment of American tourists lood good in comparison."
What if the tables were turned... would your dog save you? Would your cat save you?
For today's Mirth Watch, we have two videos. First, is a Lab "saving" his "drowning" person:
I love the first comment** which (if you can get past the bad English) says to picture your cat sitting there licking itself while you drown. (And goes on to say that your last words will be - and I paraphrase - "f you Mr. Whiskers.")
Now, I give you Rita and her reaction to Daddy swimming. (This was when we went to The DogSpa Resort in Desert Hot Springs. Dogs are allowed in the mineral-water pool, but she was having none of it.)
I think she's very concerned about Daddy here. But does she jump in and save him? No, she just yells at him to get out of the pool, and licks his hand, I'm assuming, in supplication to "PLEASE EXIT THE POOL NOW, DADDY."
So, maybe only certain dogs would save you. But no cat would.
What about you? Would you save your own dog over a distant cousin? If you ask the follow-up question, "How distant?", I think we have our answer.
** I didn't read beyond the first comment, because reading comments on YouTube and news sites scares me and makes me worry about the future of humanity...