So true. The ending said it all: "Your dog may love you, but it’s also probably manipulating you. Let’s be real, though: You knew it in your heart all along." Yep, we are the willing victims. My two dogs, both passed away a few years ago at old age. Come to think of it, their entire life and world is having me in the centre to love and manipulate, to which I am grateful.
Now I have Sisi the 2 year old cat. I found felines are equally manipulative, but in a more mysterious way. Maybe not so much with their facial expressions - a cat's face can be harder to read than a dog's. Dogs' eyes seem more human, they observe and react to our facial expression, voicing, gesture, movement, and know our mood instinctually almost like they can sniff it out. Sisi is a very intelligent and affectionate cat, she gets what she wants most of the time without putting up a face, and I know I am being manipulated but I don't know how. It seems she is manipulating me just by being there. Someone need to do some serious study on this, I'd love to get some scientific answers.