On Conditional Love

Animal Person

Nicole at Alec's Story writes: One of my pet peeves, so to speak, is the concept of “unconditional love” as attributed to dogs by humans. It is a popular way of romanticizing dogs and while I am loath to be the Grinch who stole unconditional love, there are reasons why I think this “compliment” is over- and misused in the context of human-dog relations. If you call Charles' name, his ears perk up into full wombat, and he waits patiently for his instructions.

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