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Man’s Best Friend

            For as long as I can remember my family has always had a dog living with us in the house. Arriving at this realization got me to start to think about why we as human beings generally accept having a different species live amongst us in our homes.  As it turns out the earliest archaeological evidence of the domestication of dogs dates all the way back to China in 7000BC. Scientists have also determined by comparing the proportions of grey wolf haplotypes to modern dogs that the Middle East is the most probable location of the origins of initial domestication of dogs. This early form of domestication probably begun with the domestication of orphaned wolf cubs that studies have shown is possible to be done before a cub is twenty one days old. Over time the DNA of wolves and dogs split giving humans the opportunity to domesticate and cross breed dogs to use as guard animals and beasts of burden. This cross breeding based upon favorable attributes yielded dogs with increasingly juvenile characteristics that prompt cross species protective behavior in most adult mammals, including humans. Image

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  1. lexicory
    May 1, 2012 at 2:10 am

    We’ve always had dogs at my house, and in fact several years ago started to breed them. I am a huge animal lover, especially dogs. Time and time again the saying “a man’s best friend” is proven to me when I am around my dogs. Being at GW, I miss them easily as much as my family! (Maybe more?) Dogs are the companion that humans need who will love them selflessly and unconditionally. They can’t analyze situations like humans can, and accept what you tell them at face value. What I love about them is how they are always so quick to forgive and come running back to you. When given an order, a well-trained dog will obey it without a second thought. As everyone knows, they are some of the most loyal animals you will ever have, and some breeds are incredibly smart. If you think about it, humans have domesticated all kinds of animals, with dogs and cats being some of the first kinds. I firmly believe that we as humans need this kind of non-human companionship in our lives. Dogs will give you back what you give them- and oftentimes more.

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