You know the books. There are many of them: the five love languages, the five love languages for couples, the five love languages of children, the five love languages for adolescents, the five love languages of apology... Gary Chapman has done great work with this series and it's all immensely helpful. But I think he's left one out. The next book that Gary needs to write is...
The Five Love Languages of Pets: How to express heartfelt affection for and commitment to your pet.
I often see my dog sitting outside my door looking so sad. Her love tank is empty. But how do I fill it?
I think you'll agree that this book needs to be written.
My research so far suggests that dogs speak the same five languages of love as do their human owners.
1. Words of affirmation ('Good dog!')
2. Quality time (Come and sit over here!)
3. Receiving gifts (Mummy's got something for you! She's got you a big bone, yes she has!)
4. Acts of service (Walkies? Dinner?)
5. Physical touch (You want a pat. Yes you do!)
I'm still trying to work out my dog's primary love language. How about your precious pooch? Do any of the five stand out? Gold fish owners - what do you think? How does your pet best receive love?
(Andrew has just accused me of big time anthropomorphising. Oh well.)