Last week, I listened to one of the most fascinating Ted Talks ever. It was titled "Depressed Dogs, Cats with OCD - What Animal Madness Means for us Humans." Why was it so fascinating? Because Lauren Braitman touches on the very reasons why I started this dog blog in the first place. After taking Woody to a behavioral vet, I learned more about dog personalities and mental ticks than I ever thought possible. I firmly believe it made me a better dog parent and taught me that dogs are not a one-size-fits all.
I'm not going to do the talk justice by summarizing it, so I highly encourage you watch/listen. The Ted intro is below:
Behind those funny animal videos, sometimes, are oddly human-like problems. Laurel Braitman studies non-human animals who exhibit signs of mental health issues — from compulsive bears to self-destructive rats to monkeys with unlikely friends. Braitman asks what we as humans can learn from watching animals cope with depression, sadness and other all-too-human problems.