But what happens when an adorable animal taps into something deeper?
Recently, a couple of dog owners posted a YouTube video of their pet Shih Tzu named Cody, who has a peculiar, almost humanlike bark. When prodded, Cody unleashes a howl that sounds not so much like the yapping of a lovable puppy but more like the totality of human suffering and existential despair.
"Cody..." coo the Shih Tzu's owners, as he wails like a man who has just realized the futility of life.
This video cuts deep. But here's an idea: Let's forget about death's inevitability with more videos of cute animals!