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Sex in front of your pet? Well it’s certainly a unique take on ‘doggy-style’. But is it what either you or the significant animal in your life really need?
Anne Sexton, 25 Oct 2012
Humans tend to anthropomorphise their pets. We can’t help it, because cats and dogs have personalities of their own, with their own likes and dislikes, attitudes and behaviours. What’s more, current scientific research suggests that animals may not be all that different from us.
Earlier this year, scientists argued that dolphins and whales should be reclassified as “non-human persons”. Marine biologists maintain that because these creatures have intelligence, individuality, a consciousness and a sense of self, they are share many similarities to us and need to be protected by their own bill of rights.
Dolphins, share many of our sexual characteristics. Young dolphins have high sex drives and will masturbate and attempt to hump anything around the right size – even humans.
Although we all know that in the majority of species males compete for females during the breeding season, many animals have favourite partners which they return to time and again. In some cases, animals can become deeply attached to their sexual partners, just the same as humans.
Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University, has argued that certain animals experience a form of romantic love and become distressed when separated from their partners. Just recently, a group of scientists studying urban coyotes around Chicago discovered, much to their surprise, that urban coyotes mate for life.
Given this, I guess it is not inconceivable that my dog has some understanding of sex. She just doesn’t seem that interested, which is a good thing.
Many of you will be familiar with the old Irish folk song, ‘The Old Maid in The Garret’. When I was a child, my father would often sing it to me as a joke, because the lonely old spinster in the song is called Annie. Poor Annie laments, “If I can’t get a man than I’ll surely get a parrot.”
Luckily for me, I am not as old as that and since I can get a man a parrot is out of the question. After all, that’s one pet that could embarrass you by recounting tales of your misdemeanours. Dogs, on the other hand, are very discreet.