Dogs helping humans; humans helping dogs

The relationship between humans and animals is indescribable. The bond created between humans and animals is mutually beneficial and dynamic to the health and well-being of both.  This bond can be traced back between 15,000 and 20,000 years, ever since humans began living in groups (https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-wolves-really-became-dogs-180970014/). Today in the United States, over 48% of households have a pet dog (https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/07/17/1047437/0/en/United-States-Pet-Population-and-Ownership-Trends-Report-2017-Focus-on-Dogs-Cats-and-Other-Pets.html). Dogs become attached to their owners, creating a special bond between the two. Have you ever heard the saying, “A dog is man’s best friend?” Well, in addition to being popularly held as true, science increasingly backs up the saying as factual: dogs have a huge impact on the emotions of a human, as well as giving humans a healthy lifestyle (http://time.com/5028171/health-benefits-owning-dog/.

With this in mind, whether you own a dog or not, there are plenty of films in Media Services that allow you to see the special relationship between humans and dogs. Here are just two examples:

Marley and Me (2008)   

Marley & Me. IMDb. 5 Dec 2018, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0822832/mediaviewer/rm2261816576

 

Max (2015)

Max. IMDb. 5 Dec 2018, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3369806/mediaviewer/rm1081402368

These are just a few that I would recommend, but there are many more films pertaining to human and dog relationships. When something bad happens in life, it is often reflected in the behavior of both the humans and their dog(s). Humans and dogs rely on each other for happiness, and having that relationship can get both through some tough times.

Want to learn more? Check out this list of the Top 15 Best Dog Movies Media Services has many of these titles! KG

Kayla Greenwald is a Media Services student staff member pursuing a BFA in graphic design, with a minor in creative advertising.