Does your furry friend really love you? We don’t know the arf of it
Do animals love us for ourselves, or as a food supply? A new series examines the inner lives of cats and dogs
Like most dog and cat owners I spend a great deal of time with my pets. Ellroy, five, a working cocker spaniel, Larkin, almost one, and my ancient cat Cowpatch, 20, are my constant companions.
As an empty-nester I now invest all my leftover parenting energy into singing made-up songs (“You mustn’t chase the postman” is a favourite), kissing velvety noses, indulging in lengthy cuddling sessions and dispensing treats. But despite my adoration, I still don’t know exactly how they feel about me. Am I their beloved owner, needed and admired? Or am I simply a dumb mark, easily manipulated to maximise their enjoyment of life?
Many pet owners have wondered the same, and now, a new two-part BBC Four documentary, How We Tamed the Cat and Dog, aims to answer the fundamental question of whether they need us as much as we need them...