Monday, December 21, 2009

Puppy Love

From anthropologist and author Helen Fisher:

"In her groundbreaking book, The Hidden Life of Dogs, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas maintained that dogs show deep romantic passion for one another. She arrived at this conclusion moments after she introduced Misha, a handsome Siberian husky, to her daughter's young and beautiful dog of the same breed, Maria. Thomas had agreed to house Misha while his owners were on an extended trip to Europe.

"The day arrived. Misha's owners delivered this vibrant male to the Thomas home. Misha pranced into the living room to look about, settling his gaze immediately on the gorgeous Maria. In an instant he bounded to her feet and skidded to a stop. At once, Thomas writes, 'Maria dropped to her elbows in an invitation to play. Chase me, her gesture said. And he did. Quickly, lightly, the two delighted creatures spun around the room. Misha and Maria were so taken with each other that they noticed nothing; they were entranced within their own bubble. Misha didn't even notice when his owners left.'

"The two joyous dogs were immediately inseparable. Together they ate and slept and roamed; together they bore four hearty pups; together they reared them---until the dark day when Misha's owners gave him away to people in the countryside. For weeks Maria sat in the window seat of the Thomas home in the very spot where she had watched her beloved Misha being forced into a car. Here she pined. Eventually she gave up waiting for him to return. But 'Maria never recovered from her loss,' Thomas writes. 'She lost her radiance...and showed no interest in forming a permanent bond with another male, even though, over the years, several eligible males joined our household.'"


Is there a Misha for every Maria? Can they survive life's many trials?


  1. Someone told me a great story this weekend about a friend of theirs who found an injured wild cockatoo in Australia. She had lost a wing and was obviously defenseless. They kept her in a cage in a semi-open outdoor compound that was safe from predators, but a wild male figured out how to get in and pick the lock on her cage. They raised many little cockatoos together and are supposedly still at it today.