For over 12,000 years dogs have been living with people
and are thought to be amongst the oldest domesticated animal species in the
world and the only one, together with the cat, that has been allowed to
wander freely through many of our homes.
looks so sweet, but a necktie for sure is not suitable for a dog.
What is so special about this canine species that has
singled it out from all the other animal species to be ‘man’s best
friend’ from far history into current times? The answers have to be
thought in the fact that dogs are what some may find a bit disturbing,
similar to us humans, social animals with basic needs (such as food, drink,
shelter, attention) and feelings (e.g. happiness, joy, pain, sadness,
Furthermore, dogs have been the most adaptable creatures
in the animal world. They have accompanied their human masters at outskirts
such as the arctic and the deserts and from the jungle to the inner parts of
the busiest cities, while fulfilling their tasks, which vary from guarding
our homes and properties, protecting our people, aiding our hunts, pulling
our sleds or carts, and controlling our vermin.
More specific roles also can be mentioned, such as
rescuing disaster victims, tracking down criminals, lost ones, narcotics,
explosives etc., guiding our blind, assisting our deaf, elderly and special
needed, retrieving our hunt or bird-eggs without breaking skin or shell,
acting on stages or in movies, and even serving as a food source, a science
object or living objects for the fulfillment of the gambling needs of the
more blood-thirsty elements of our society.
On the other hand, due to the uncontrolled growth of the
stray dog population, dogs are increasingly seen as a nuisance due to their
barking and fouling of residential areas, or even as a danger when showing
aggression. In their search for food they strew household garbage, resulting
in a sanitation problem for our society. Plus the food often is insufficient
in meeting the nutrient requirements the animal needs, making them more
susceptible to disease.
Another side-effect is that many dog-lovers treat their
dogs as little humans at best or at worst neglect the dog’s physical and
mental basic needs, resulting in abnormal and/or un-acceptable dog-behavior.
These unfortunate side-effects of this great population
of dogs in all human societies are giving our ‘best friends’ a bad name.
For more information on dog issues, please contact LuckyDogs: 09 99 78
146 or [email protected]