Dogs can be great company, great conversation starters and also make us less lonely and get out more, even if we don’t really feel like that day
The old dog friend
Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt
People with dogs are happier, and often get more exercise and are less lonely, but what is it all of us without dogs miss?
Is it the routine, the fresh air, the always our friend look, the happy welcome in the morning? Is it the responsibility, the activities or the network with other dog owners, as they form a circle in the park. Starting conversations about everything and anything, from talking about their four legged friends?
It could be all of it… all those things that brings us closer together and connect us more.
It could almost look like our dogs have co-evolved with us in the last 10.000 years or so, to make us both more secure, more successful at survival, and even happier…
( illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt: ref: Di00059)
Keywords: psychology, museum of psychology, illustration, drawing, landscapesofunderstanding, dog, therapy, friendship, loneliness, happiness, well-being, outdoors, walking
About Museum of Psychology – Visualizing psychology
We understand reality at least through a combination of impressions, metaphors, images, stories and experiences. But also through our dreams, understandings, feelings, music, walk of life, directions, expectations, relations… and much more.
Much of this have in common that we can somehow sketch up maps and drawings of these places, trails and situations. Here on Museum of Psychology I (Frits Ahlefeldt) am drawing up a slowly growing map of our many landscapes of understanding.