Man’s best friend for 30000 years
Dog has been Man’s best friend for 30000 years. Canine skulls discovered in two separate digs reveals historic relationship. The Altai (Russia) skull was particularly well preserved, and allowed researchers to measure its teeth, jaws and snout for evidence it was domesticated. That suggested the dogs had been kept for protection and companionship by our ancient ancestors – just as they are today.
Recent DNA research hinted that all dogs came from a single wolf-like ancestor – but the Altai find may prove that isn’t so. The interesting thing is that typically we think of domestication as being cows, sheep and goats, things that produce food through meat or secondary agricultural products such as milk, cheese and wool and things like that.
Those are different relationships than humans may have with dogs. The dogs are not necessarily providing products or meat. ‘They are probably providing protection, companionship and perhaps helping on the hunt. And it’s really interesting that this appears to have happened first out of all human relationships with animals.
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring—it was peace.” Milan Kundera
Lessons to learn from a dog.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
Stretch before rising
Run, romp, and play daily
Thrive on attention and let people touch you
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you are happy, dance around and wag your entire body
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk
Never pretend to be something you’re not
If you want lies buried, dig until you find it
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
Enjoy every moment of your day
Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can’t eat it or play with it… Pee on it and walk away… just let it go… just in case I haven’t told you lately