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Video shows boy stopping to hug two stray dogs when he thinks no one is looking

The boy hugs the puppies. Do you need more info? Well, puppies are great, but you already knew this. Are kids cool? That’s a bit more debatable, but some kids are doing pretty well, especially if they don’t spend their time shrieking or destroying things, but rather showing us that there is good in this world through random acts of empathy.

But let me ask you this: when was the last time you hugged a random animal just lounging on the sidewalk? Especially 2 large dogs? It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Personally, I’d be too scared to do it, just quickly walking away without being too suspicious or worthy of your attention. But one little boy was brave enough to walk up to them, not once, but twice, and give them lots of hugs and love. Let’s get into this salubrity.

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A video has blessed the internet, showing a boy hugging and petting two stray dogs on the sidewalk.

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On a gray day in Grozny, Chechnya, a boy named Ibrahim made the world a little brighter, showing us just how unconditional a child’s love can be. In a video posted by a neighbor from a nearby residential building, the boy is seen affectionately hugging and petting a pair of stray dogs on the sidewalk.

Apparently, he was on his way to school when he saw the pair of puppies relaxing. She could have kept walking, but instead she decided to greet him in the most affectionate way possible. In the video, she appears to be having her sweet time with the puppies, but she decides it’s time to get going.

The boy was on his way to school when he saw the two puppies and couldn’t resist showing them love.

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He goes to leave, but turns around and hurries back to the dogs for a second round of love.

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He takes a few steps forward, but soon turns around. Pausing for a second in contemplation, she couldn’t help the tug of the dogs any longer and ran straight towards them, hugging and petting the four-legged friends.

The video went viral, touching people’s hearts, the boy receiving praise from strangers and friends alike. Katerina, a friend of the family, told The Dodo that the video was a good reflection of the boy’s true spirit, his selflessness and generosity. She went on to say that the boy often goes to school with her daughter and helps her carry her bags, and she ended her statement with “she is a very kind boy.”

The video has touched the hearts of many and it is hard not to rejoice at the empathy and compassion shown.

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The boy’s name is Ibrahim and according to family friends he is the kindest boy, and yet the video’s caption highlights our seemingly misplaced fear of dogs.

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However, the caption of the video that was shared highlighted a problem: the cruelty and indifference faced by homeless animals due to people’s fear of them.

The caption, translated with Google Translate, asks: “Why are your children afraid of dogs? (We exclude cases of tragic events related to dogs). Children are afraid of dogs, because of the adults next to them, who instill fear, hatred and aggression in children!”

While the statement is a bit harsh, I remember my own mother telling me to be careful around dogs, as their behavior cannot be predicted.

And with limited news surrounding dogs other than sporadic attacks, it’s hard not to start fearing companion animals. It took me a while to get more comfortable with larger dogs, though warning bells ring in my mind when they’re around.

Dog phobia is incredibly common, even when people have not been directly harmed, often beginning in childhood

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According to Lisa Fritscher, cynophobia, or the fear of dogs, is extremely common, although phobias of snakes and spiders are even more prevalent, the average person is much more likely to encounter dogs in daily life.

It is most commonly caused by a negative experience with a dog, especially during childhood, but is not limited to horrific or vicious attacks; an overexcited puppy might have jumped, bit, or growled at the person, causing them to feel distressed.

Considering the fact that many parents warn children about approaching strange dogs, and for good measure, a child’s imagination combined with a lack of understanding of dog behavior could lead to an outright dog phobia.

Although cynophobia can be serious, it is extremely treatable, either with a little work with a professional or through more regular and positive interactions with puppies of all shapes and sizes.

However, Ibrahim seems to approach all animals with love and compassion, so what is the secret?

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Parents lay the groundwork for how their children will act around animals and we can commend the child’s family for doing a great job.

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Although parents want to protect their children from unforeseen dangers, they should not forget that dogs are also friends. Look, I’m not a developmental or medical expert on this, but telling kids not to kiss, push, jump, or lick any animals should do the trick. Also, wash your hands after any contact. Gentleness and care go a long way, and research shows that animals can teach kids a lot about empathy and responsibility.

According to the National Institute of Health, pets can help reduce stress and can even help children develop social and emotional skills. From reducing stress and feelings of loneliness to developing a compassionate understanding of the needs of others, especially when they can’t be verbalized, here are some of the benefits of children interacting with animals or growing up with pets.

Of course, many of these need to be taught, so the role of parents cannot be underestimated. They are the ones that lay the foundations for interaction with animals, promoting one type of behavior and decreasing the other. And, yes, some parents go a little overboard when trying to protect their children, but can you really blame them?

Animals can bring a lot of love to our world and we can also bring a lot of joy to theirs.

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An initiative encourages children to read to pets in shelters, as children can develop their skills without judgment and also provide companionship for animals.

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There are some initiatives that encourage spending time with animals by having children read to them, such as the Jacksonville Humane Society’s “Pawsitive Reading,” a program designed to teach children to read in front of four-legged friends. They state that “just listening to a person reading aloud has been shown to reduce stress levels in animals.” How fascinating is that?

Considering the amazing abilities of animals to detect changes in people, I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that when the child relaxes while reading, the pet does the same. Wag Walking noted the many changes in dog behavior in relation to its owner’s mood: “When your body language or tone of voice changes, you may notice your dog’s attitude changes as well.”

Animals can sense good and bad intentions, sometimes noticing little things that we wouldn’t, and Ibrahim was clearly no threat.

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But it goes beyond that, as puppies can sense if you are a good person or a bad person. Dogs notice specific things about humans that even we aren’t aware of, like a person looking away during a conversation, tense muscles, sweating, and more. Puppies use their keen sense of smell and great ability to read body language to help them decide how to react to people.

The wholesome moment captured reminds us of the unconditional love children possess when they are not plagued by fear.

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So, to relate all that information to the current story, both the stray pups and the boy had gained a sense of comfort from each other, neither seeing the other as a threat. Whether it’s because of the boy’s good nature or because of the skills his parents have taught him in relation to animals, one thing is for sure: he is very healthy.

You can see the full video here

Tell us what you thought of the story and if you’re going to offer hugs to every puppy you see. Have a nice day!

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