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Some dogs take the phrase “therapy dog” to a whole new level, starting with Sigmund Freud’s Chow Chow Jofi. Freud, who had never been particularly fond of dogs, became a dog lover late in life. He acquired Jofi towards the end of his career and she became his constant companion, especially during office hours. Freud believed that Jofi could actually “read” his patients’ emotions. The dog sat close to patients who were calm and reacted to anxious or upset patients by moving across the room. Freud also believed that the dog had a calming effect on his patients, especially children, and that humans were more candid and relaxed in front of a non-judgmental presence like a dog.

Jofi spent so much time in Freud’s office that she knew the length of the patient session, known as the “50-minute hour.” As the end of the session approached, Jofi would yawn and stretch, even heading towards the door herself. Towards the end of a career marked by two World Wars and the excruciating pain of jaw cancer, Freud is quoted as saying, “Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate in their object-relations.”

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