The [Native American] elders say that plants, swimmers, crawlers, four-leggeds, and those who fly are also “people,” with God-given rights to the food, shelter, and happiness that nature provides.
Dogs are man’s (woman’s) best friend. I love all dogs; big dogs, little dogs, fat dogs, skinny dogs, blind dogs and dogs without any hair, like the Chinese Crested or Mexican Hairless. I have all the mentioned except for a hairless dog. I love playing, walking, petting and going to the beach with them. I learn so much from dogs, like taking time for myself and chill now and then. Me and Lexis love the beach, she is my header pic. I very rarely go to the beach without her. Living is Cali, there are lots of dog beaches. Heidi is my daughter’s (pictured below) dog, our first rescue who brought rescues to our attention and made it our life’s work/pleasure!
Dogs have played a part in nearly every aspect of human history. They are our companions, guards, helpers, hunters, herders and guides. They greet us when we come home, service the disabled and sniff out bombs, drugs and even cancer. There are hero dogs of WWII, like Smoky, a Yorkshire Terrier who weighed only 4 pounds. Stubby, a pitbull, saved hundreds of lives during WWII. Dogs continue to serve the military and police. Pitbulls were once regarded as ‘America’s Heroes’, but that’s another story.
Some movie/TV star dogs are Hooch, Marley, Marmaduke, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, and Petey from Lil’ Rascals. My favorite dogs are Chance, a bulldog, and Shadow, a golden retriever, from Homeward Bound. Many cartoon dogs gave us laughter like, Astro from the Jetsons, and my favorite Snoopy. My next favorite is Scooby Doo! Ruh-roh! I still say ‘scooby-snacks’. Charlie and Itchy from All Dogs Go to Heaven.
Brief History of Dogs
Domestic Dogs ((Canis familiaris) came from gray wolves (Canis lupus), and very likely entered human society from China over 15,000 years ago. This is still in debate, but most agree that they the domestic dog originated in China. The dog was the first domesticated animal. Most breeds of dogs are only a few hundred years old and some breeds as little as 30 years old. Dogs are the only species that can be uniquely altered from selective breeding, like short, long, wiry, or curly hair; long or short legs and bodies; straight or curly tails; flat face or long nose. If you selectively breed chickens, cows, or pigs, they will still basically look the same. Cats vary with long or short hair and slight differences. However, there are hairless cats like the Sphynx.
Selective breeding has put purebred dogs at risk for a large number of health problems, affecting both body and behavior. For example the flat face causes breathing problems. Bloodhounds have chronic eye irritation and infection. Very large dogs such as Mastiffs, Saint Bernards and Great Danes are nearly too big for their own good. Researchers have found a correlation between a dog’s large size and a frequency of orthopedic problems like hip dysplasia. Hereditary hearing loss is common in Dalmatians, Australian Cattle Dogs, and English Setters. Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds, Bichon Frise. Of course, every dog is different, but these are typical of certain breeds.
- 8/26/13 Guest Blogger, “Mom” – Being A Pitbull Mom (maggiesblog0019.wordpress.com)