Now we come to the heretofore ignored component. Long time pet owners and their pets have something in common with couples who have been married for 50, 60 or more years. They end up looking alike. Or, could it be that the resemblance was there from the start and over time the similarities in appearance became more pronounced?
Could there be a nefarious plot to create pets to look like their humans? But who would do such a thing? Certainly scientists would not waste their highfalutin and precious time on critters? Oh, wait! They did that already! They cloned dogs for a highfalutin price.
If you still doubt that propinquity breeds resemblance, just look at the milestone anniversary announcements in your local newspaper, as in 50th, 60th and longer.
With very few exceptions, the couples not only look cross, grumpy and/or totally ticked off, but they also look alike. The primary exception being that the women tend to have more hair than the men. If would be an interesting experiment if they put on matching wigs for their anniversary portraits and readers could guess which one is the man and which is the woman.
So whether by grand design or propinquity, it seems to be a foregone conclusion. If you have a long term relationship with your beloved pet or you and your spouse have been together for 50 or more years, you will end up with similar dispositions and looking alike.
Therefore, we can only conclude that it might be a good idea to choose your pets and your spouses with an eye on the mirror as well as the future.
Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Check out her novel “The Dionysus Connection” on Amazon or ask your bookstore to order it for you. Visit her website, www.elizabethcowan.com.