Dog Day in Mexico: When is it celebrated and why do we love them so much? 

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Dogs represent a fraternal bond with millions of people around the world, to the extent that there are those who mourn them more than their relatives or friends when they die, according to a study by the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire , in Preston, UK. 

For this reason, since 2004 International Dog Day has been celebrated with the aim of raising awareness about the abandonment and adoption of those who are popularly considered “man’s best friends”. 

On what date is Dog Day celebrated? 

July 21 is International Dog Day, a date that has been celebrated in Mexico since 2012 and where, in addition to commemorating the company and affection of dogs, those who, due to their physical characteristics, are trained to carry out activities are also recognized special as a company for people with disabilities or rescues in earthquakes and natural disasters. 

Year after year, the Mexican government pays tribute to the canine elements that work with the Army and those that serve to care for people with anxiety problems or who are blind, to give a few examples. 

According to the United Nations (UN), an important aspect of International Dog Day is to promote sufficient care to give them the best quality of life. It should be noted that about 70 percent of dogs live on the street. 

Why do we love dogs? 

The UK study proposes that “pets manipulate human responses that have evolved to facilitate human relationships, primarily (but not exclusively) between parents and children.” 

Dogs have characteristics that provide an “initial attraction” as well as neotenic characteristics that allow the human to interact with to obtain continued satisfaction, similar to that with other people. 

“These mechanisms can, in some circumstances, cause pet owners to derive more satisfaction from their relationship with pets than with humans, because they provide a kind of unconditional relationship that is generally absent in those with other human beings,” argues the investigation. 

 Source: El Financiero