Disclaimer: This article contains a description of animal suffering. Reader discretion advised.
Most of us have heard about Pavlov’s dogs.
It’s a famous tale in the fields of physiology and psychology: Pavlov rang a buzzer, then fed his dogs; eventually his dogs began salivating at the sound of the buzzer. Most people think the story ends there.
Most of us don’t know what happened next.
The lesser-known epilogue to the saga of Pavlov’s dogs tells us that life isn’t as simple as it seems. Tragedy, stress, and grief can disrupt any training, thwart any plans, re-shape any personalities.
But human connection can repair the wound.