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    Posted on 24 Apr 2015

    Proof Puppies Love Us As Much As We Love Them

    It's no longer wishful thinking, now it's ~science.~

    Good news! Our puppies really really do love us!

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    It's all here in this study, which says that when a dog looks into its owner's eyes, it gets the same feelings of love that a baby does for its mother.

    It's thanks to a chemical called oxytocin, also known as the "love hormone."

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    Oxytocin is released into the bloodstream after a mother gives birth and during breastfeeding.

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    It's also the same feeling you get when you look into a person's eyes and you're in loooooooove.

    And guess what?! Our puppies feel it too when they look into our eyes.

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    It's all about evolution.

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    The study, by Takefumi Kikusui from Azabu University in Japan found that because humans and dogs have been living together for so long, we've basically been evolving side-by-side.

    This means dogs and humans have independently acquired tolerance of one another thanks to changes in our brains. (Read: We love dogs and dogs love us)

    "Evolution is notoriously thrifty," wrote Evan MacLean and Brian Hare in Science. [The] findings suggest that dogs have taken advantage of our parental sensitivities—using behaviors such as staring into our eyes—to generate feelings of social reward and caretaking behaviour."

    That means these little fluff balls love you!

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    This goofball loves you.

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    This little fella thinks you're just wonderful.

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    This guy thinks you're grrrrrreat!

    And this dude wants to spend the rest of his life with you.

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