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October 8, 2013

Dog Taking MRI

Okay, now for a part 2 as follow-up to the earlier post “PUPPY LOVE.” And a quick precursor to my readers, if you don’t already know, I am one tremendous pet / animal lover!

Is it just me or is there something missing about the study I cited earlier today? I’m referring to the study that took researchers two (count them TWO years) at Emory to conclude. Dogs were trained to be able to lie or sit through MRI testing so their brains could be measured to scientifically prove their ability to feel emotions, such as love, etc.

Is there any responsible, caring pet owner in the world who didn’t already know this? I am also a very strong advocate for research and for keeping funding flowing for continued education and research. But when I think about it, this is getting to me – what is the point of research like this if it is not to accomplish something positive or more productive? What I’m trying to get at here, is why did this study (that cost amounts of money I cannot even begin to fathom) warrant funding when there are so many things to be investigated that we know can improve something else or make things better for people/society.

Money on Trees

Does this study seem a bit self-indulgent to anybody but me? I am questioning the use of the money here, not the school or the area studied. Who decided that we needed scientific proof about something anybody who cares for pets can attest to? Who decided that we needed to fund a study that doesn’t stand to advance or improve anything?

I seriously doubt that anybody is going to come home to their dog after they learn about this research and love them any more or any differently because of the findings. I doubt anybody’s life will change or be improved (including the dog) because of the years of effort and cost of this study.

Isn’t there something more significant to spend the brain power and money – that is becoming more and more difficult to come by – on? What about ways to help animals when they are hurt or more effective ways to help people get over the loss of an animal that dies?

Am I making sense here?

People are talking left and right about budgets and shutdowns and debts that aren’t going to be paid off and I’m wondering how we have the luxury to spend two years on a study with dogs going through MRIs so we can prove they are capable of love. Is anybody else on the same page as me?

Broken Dish

Broken Dish

What do we do to fix something that keeps showing us it is so glaringly broken?


Judy is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. Judy’s professional experience in the mental health field along with her love of writing, provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. Her fresh voice and down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life are easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!


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