Dogs and humans have one of the most interesting relationships in all the animal kingdom. We evolved alongside each other for around 40,000 years, which is pretty incredible since humans only got to Europe (where scientists think dogs come from) around the same time. Dogs evolved to survive on a similar omnivorous diet to humans, as opposed to the carnivorous diet of wolves, and both species adapted to be able to recognize the emotional states of the other. Dogs know when we’re happy and sad, and we know that about them as well.
With such a tight connection, it’s no wonder the family pooch really is, well, family. When the dog in this video hears something he thinks is a threat, he rushes to protect the most vulnerable member of the family, and it’s beyond adorable.