Are our pets our doppelgangers?

I have been hounded (pun intended) by a question for a long time now and the question usually pops up when on my morning run and I see avid dog lovers walking their canine besties (or vice versa). As I am a close observer of situations I see that 90 percent of times there is a strong resemblance between the two. I have also noted the similarities between cat owners and the feline pets. Though not much of a cat lover, there is a close family friend of mine who has an array of cats who camp out at her place and the feline qualities are very manifest in her.
I am a Dog person and the proud owner of a pedigreed female lab for the past 12 plus years. My wife often strongly claims that the habits, both good and bad are very similar, especially the constant complaining – I shout and she barks. However my wife also says that our smiles are also very alike.

Facts
Many psychologists have claimed that pets and their owners are just like married couples and they get more and more alike over time. It is human tendency to be connected to similar minded individuals and share the same likes and dislikes, the same ideologies and tastes. It happens in the same way when we choose our pets because somewhere in our mind we look for similarities. Experts claim that women with long hair prefer dogs with long, floppy ears and heavier people tend to have fatter dogs. There are similarities in the eye expressions as well as the pitch of the voices. I have come across an acquaintance from my morning walks who has a deep baritone and his German shepherd has a deep resounding bark. The swagger is also identical.

I have seen that the pet also takes on the traits of the master like, friendliness, openness, aggressiveness, irritability, shyness etc. and most of the time (8 out of 10) there is a startling likeness in the owner and the pet.

Usually pets are not just pets but family members, soul mates and companions who become part of our lives and move on leaving fond memories of time and experiences spent together.

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened!

Bow wow!

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