“Dogs are People Too.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 6, 2013
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How Dogs Love Us.

Dog are People too? 5 Videos of Dr. Berns, author of the #1 Most-Emailed NY Times article.

This is Amazing.

Dogs = children?

Dr. Berns is just the first scientist to conduct such a study. The first. Imagine how far we can progress over the next years.

This is kind of a big deal for dog lovers and philosophers and vegans and…dogs.

If dogs are proven to be sentient on the level of a human child, should they cease to be legally treated as property?


That’s the fascinating question at the heart of this new NY Times article and scientific studies showing dogs’ brains to have MRI readings equivalent to humans in many ways:

…But many of the same things that activate the human caudate, which are associated with positive emotions, also activate the dog caudate. Neuroscientists call this a functional homology, and it may be an indication of canine emotions.

The ability to experience positive emotions, like love and attachment, would mean that dogs have a level of sentience comparable to that of a human child. And this ability suggests a rethinking of how we treat dogs.

DOGS have long been considered property….read the rest, here.




About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


One Response to ““Dogs are People Too.””

  1. Vivian Hatfield says:

    My dog died last week. As I held her in my arms, looking into her cloudy eyes, I sobbed broken hearted
    While I rubbed her face I was stunned that she was crying too. Both sides of her face were wet from her tears. I realized
    then, that she was sad to leave me too. I told her I'd see her again soon. She smiled and knew that
    was true, she took a deep breath and died. We need to pay more attention to our pets. They FEEL too.