Do you look like your dog?
Scientists say yes.
One study found that a stranger could match a picture of a person and her dog 80% of the time. And a Japanese scientist found that the secret was in the eyes. By just looking at eyes, people made correct matches 75% of the time.
So I got curious and asked some of you to send me pictures of you and your dog so we could do a similar experiment. And then I challenged you to match the person with his or her dog just by looking at their eyes. If you missed it, check out the Do You Look Like Your Dog Experiment.
In my highly unscientific experiment, five brilliant S’Waggers were able to match 60% of the people to their dogs. Not bad, considering we didn’t have a set of flawless pictures taken with the same camera against the same background.
Do you want to see the correct matches?
Do you think these people look like their dogs?
My spam folder ate a submission from Dawn. So here’s a bonus pairing for you to think about.
So what do you think? If I had the money to bring everyone to Ithaca, line them up on the same background, and take professional pictures would you have been able to match the people with their dogs?
Well even without all that Jason, Jan, Ms. Taleteller, Janet, and Jen (lot’s of J’s, huh?) all got three matches correct. And Jan won the Amazon gift card prize in my random drawing from the folks who got the most correct matches. Congratulations, Jan.
Thank you to everyone who tried our little experiment. And extra thanks to everyone who submitted pictures:
- Peggy Frezon – visit her (and Kelly, Ike, and Zeke) at The Writer’s Dog and the Guideposts blog, Pawprints On My Heart.
- Janet Keefe – blogs at Wag ‘n Woof Pets. Go say hello.
- Dawn Ross – check her out at American Dog Blog and Pet Auto Safety Blog.
- and the mysterious jedistocky who sent his striking portrait with Ruby that I used to show how a dog and her person can look alike.
I don’t know about you, but I’m going to spend a lot more time on walks trying to figure out if the dog walkers look like their dogs.
Your Turn: Has anyone ever said you look like your dog? Do you ever wish you looked like your dog?