Dogs are known as “Man’s best friend” for a reason. In fact, dogs are one of the most friendly and faithful pets humans could have. Unfortunately, not all dogs get their well-deserved portion of love and affection from humans, especially stray dogs. For them, even the slightest display of love means the world. Do you remember the last time you hugged a stray dog at the roadside? To be honest, most of us, including me, would be too afraid to walk up to a couple of large dogs and hug them. But this young boy was brave enough to do so. As shown in this video, he not only hugs him once but gives them lots of hugs and kisses. Isn’t that truly wholesome?
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This heartwarming incident took place in Grozny, Chechnya, when a sweet boy named Ibrahim showed us the pure and unconditional love of a child. The video, which shows his embracing two stray dogs lovingly, was captured by a neighbor. Ibrahim came across the dogs while he was going to school. Instead of walking past them, he decided to greet them in the most endearing way possible. The video shows him taking his time with the dogs before finally heading to school.
The young boy comes forward, contemplates for a few seconds, and rushes to the dogs, cuddling and caressing them lovingly. The touching and heartwarming video went viral. Katerina, a family friend of Ibrahim, stated that the video reflects the kind-hearted boy’s true nature.
The caption of the video, however, highlights the cruelty faced by homeless animals as people are scared of them. The caption questions the reason why people are afraid of dogs. Answering this question, it states that children are afraid of dogs because adults around them instill “fear, hatred, and aggression” in them.
Lisa Fritscher suggests that cynophobia is quite common. Most of the time, it’s caused by negative experiences with dogs. It’s common for parents to warn their kids about strange dogs, advising children to stay away from them. Parents do this with their children’s safety in mind. However, when these warnings join hands with children’s imagination and an incomplete understanding of dogs, it could lead to a fully-fledged fear of dogs. Cynophobia can indeed be serious. However, it can be cured with professional help or positive interactions with dogs.
Closely associating with animals can be very beneficial to kids. The National Institute of Health claims that pets have a really positive effect on the mental health of children. It not only reduces stress and loneliness but also lets children develop their social and emotional skills.
However, the bond that pups create with humans is much deeper. Dogs have the ability to notice certain things about humans that even we might be unaware of ourselves. It can sense if we are good or bad, by using their sense of smell and by reading the body language of humans that approach them. According to these, dogs react to people. So, regardless of who and what taught such kindness to Ibrahim, there’s no doubt that his act was beyond wholesome.