Last October, Anderson Cooper asked the question “Does your dog really love you?” during a report for 60 Minutes. The correspondent spoke with researchers about dogs’ intelligence and cognition, before deciding that yes, our pets do really love us. But the most obvious part of the segment was Cooper’s love for his own dog, Molly, a then-11 year old Welsh Springer Spaniel. Earlier this week, the CNN news anchor relayed the sad news that Molly had died, sharing an Instagram of the two of them together.
“The most interesting thing that [dog researcher] Brian Hare said to me, that has stuck with me, is that when dogs are looking at you, they’re ‘hugging you with their eyes,'” Cooper said during the 60 Minutes segment.
And if you ever saw the way Cooper looked at Molly during her appearances on Anderson Live, you know that he was hugging her right back.
During the 60 Minutes broadcast, Cooper said he found himself asking Molly, “Do you really love me? Or is this a trick?” That’s a question she wouldn’t have had to ask him, not even once.
You were loved, Molly. You were so loved.