We all know the saying 'A dog is a man's best friend' but where does this come from and how did dogs become animals that we live with? Above is my husband Nick and our 'best friend' Miss Polar Dog.
The best explanation for where the saying came from is the American poet Frederic Ogden Nash (b. 1902 d. 1971) and his poem below.
The dog is man's best friend.
He has a tail on one end.
Up in front he has teeth.
And four legs underneath
- Ogden Nash - An Introduction to Dogs
Dogs were first domesticated about 15,000 years ago - they originate from the grey wolf which was domesticated tens of thousands of years before. It was in early man's interest to domesticate dogs as they guarded them, provided food and fur and could work for them. Even today dogs serve us in the military, as guide dogs, for hunting and in agriculture.
Below left is Miss Polar Dog and right is Ossie who is staying with us for a week whilst his owners are on holiday. Individually they behave like fully domesticated dogs and are attentive to us and our every need but when they are together they immediately display wolf pack behaviour and run (literally run at lightening speed around the house) around together and play and snarl and pull apart dog toys and seem more wolf-like. It is fascinating to watch.
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Please do email me (email@example.com) your favourite picture of your dog/dogs and he/she will appear in a future blog!! Also do tell me about your dog in this blog's comments section. My favourite picture of Miss Polar Dog is the one above.
Wild Dog crawled into the Cave and laid his head on the Woman’s lap… And the Woman said, “His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend.”
–Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling.
Love Lovely x