I think one of the cutest things our Creator God ever fashioned was a puppy. To me, all puppies are cute—from baby labs to basset hounds, from St. Bernard’s to dachshunds, from Irish setters to Chihuahuas. Even mongrel puppies are cute. In fact, it is hard to come up with anything cuter than a puppy. Even the word “puppy” is cute. Say it aloud a few times and see how much fun it is to say.
Researchers have done studies to find out why puppies are so cute. One reason is because puppies are furry. Humans seem to like furry things. We enjoy the very feel of fur. Puppies also come in an attractive array of colors. Their puppy voice is cute too—a little yip instead of a ferocious bark. Like human babies, puppies have big heads and big eyes—qualities we tend to view as cute. Even much of puppy behavior is cute—the way they walk and run, the way they are curious about everything, the way they play, the way they can look sad when they have done something “bad.”
Cuteness is not a wimpy quality, say these researchers. Cuteness is one of the most powerful forces in the world since it shapes behavior. Cuteness elicits care-giving—a vital behavior for the preservation of many species of animals in our world. If the young weren’t so cute, it would be more difficult for adults to put up with the not-so-cute things they do—for example, their constant demand for attention and their “uncontrolled pooping.”
Here are seven puppy facts you might not know:
1) Puppies are born blind, deaf, and toothless.
2) Puppies develop the sense of smell at three weeks, hearing at four weeks, and full vision at six weeks.
3) Puppies spend 14 hours a day sleeping.
5) A puppy is a puppy until it is one year old.
6) There is a National Puppy Day. In 2018 it will be celebrated on Friday, March 23. The day was established in 2006 to celebrate puppies and to promote adoptions.
7) The word “puppy” to designate a young dog has been traced back to the 15th Century.
Puppies are too cute for words. So I’ll finish this reflection with a few pictures of cute puppies:
(All puppy pictures are from Pixabay.)
What do you think about puppies? Have you had any positive or negative experiences with them?
“Cuteness elicits care-giving.” Have you experienced this phenomenon?
What other beings in God’s creation are you especially grateful for?
It seems appropriate that I conclude today’s post with a short video of puppies playing. Let us thank God today for all the cute things in our world. And may we always remember to make time for care-giving and for play in our life!
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