the dog: our best friend

Posted: April 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

…It should come as a jolt to our belief in the recentness of things that all the main groups of dogs were created long before Christ had appeared; in fact, they already existed when written history was making its first appearance. The breeding of dogs is ancient, and modern breeders have added little to the work done by the end of the Neolithic period.

There are several points of interest in the story of dog evolution. First, although these animals are still happily able to identify with one of their kind, there has been tremendous adaptive radiation. That is, evolution of characteristics in response to various environments. The hair, the face, the ear and a world of difference in the tail alone. Second, most of this differentiation, including weight, has been deliberately caused by man for his own purposes. Man has curtailed the random mating of dogs and has demonstrated the extraordinary variability inherent in the species; for it is just one species.

---Once this was done, he would stand and be judged; Anubis would weigh his heart against the feather of Ma'at, goddess of justice and balance. If the sins of the heart weighed too heavily, the deceased had failed the test and would be fed to the terrible monster Ammit; if his heart was as light as the feather, Anubis would judge him worthy and permit him to pass on to a new life.---click image for source...

—Once this was done, he would stand and be judged; Anubis would weigh his heart against the feather of Ma’at, goddess of justice and balance. If the sins of the heart weighed too heavily, the deceased had failed the test and would be fed to the terrible monster Ammit; if his heart was as light as the feather, Anubis would judge him worthy and permit him to pass on to a new life.—click image for source…

The dog story is also, to some degree, an accelerated version of mankind’s own history. When men were banding together to form large village communities, they brought their dogs with them. Since then, both have experienced, in similar fashion, cultural and environmental changes- canned food, heated rooms, soft furnishings, urbanization, disease control. But dogs, with their quicker breeding cycle, have passed through , based on evolutionist theory, some four thousand generations while man has experienced a tenth of that number.


Richard Ansdell was an English painter who specialized in oil paintings of animal and sporting subjects. In this 1881 painting “The Lucky Dogs”, he depicts dogs playing cards.
—WIKI

It is these facts, according to researchers such as John L.Fuller, who have studied the relationship between genetics and the behavior of dogs, that suggest a hypothesis: “The genetic consequences of civilized living have been intensified in the dog, and therefore the dog should give us some idea of the genetic future of mankind.”


--- Artist: Jacob Jordaens Completion Date: 1635 Style: Baroque Genre: genre painting Gallery: Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France ---WIKI

— Artist: Jacob Jordaens
Completion Date: 1635
Style: Baroque
Genre: genre painting
Gallery: Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France —WIKI

ADDENDUM:

(see link at end)…For over 70 years Sigmund Freud’s life was devoid of canine companionship, but all this changed when, in the mid-1920s, his 30-year-old daughter Anna, wanting a companion for her long solitary walks, became the owner of Wolf, a magnificent and intelligent German Shepherd.

Exposed to the joy of a dog for the first time, Freud fell wildly in love. So much so that in 1925 Anna, in a fit of jealous insecurity, wrote, “I did not give Papa a present for his birthday because there is no present suitable for the occasion. I brought only a picture of Wolf that I had made as a joke, because I always assert that he transferred his whole interest in me on to Wolf. He was very pleased with it.”

In 1928, Dorothy Burlingham, a close friend of Anna, gave Freud one of her beautiful chows, Lün-Y



nd his conversion to dog devotee was complete. But Freud’s first canine idyll lasted a short 15 months, because, tragically, Lün-Yu was run over by a train. Devastated, he mourned her as he would a human. It was seven months before Freud’s grief had run its course and he felt emotionally able to accept Jofi, Lün-Yu’s sister, into his home.

By 1930, almost all Freud’s old friends and colleagues were either dead, abroad, or at odds with him. For a man renowned for keeping his emotions under control, Freud was beginning to show uncharacteristic irritation with his wife Martha, a symptom, no doubt, of much greater underlying dissatisfaction. Small wonder then, that Jofi was to become his inseparable companion for the seven years of her life.

After only a few weeks together Freud was already comparing Jofi to another inseparable companion. “I miss her now almost as much as my cigar. She is a charming creature, so interesting in her feminine characteristics, too, wild, impulsive, intelligent and yet not so dependent as dogs often are.” Read More:http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2002/mar/23/weekend7.weekend3

 

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