The History of Dog/Human Relations
When livestock became domesticated around 5,000 BC, dogs acted as protectors and guards. In both cases, dogs were rewarded for their work with food and shelter, creating an insubordinate relationship to man and causing the dog to repeat good work in order to survive.
However, dogs became more than just a means to an end. In the 5th century BC, the Greek fortress of Corinth was attacked. But thanks to the fifty guard dogs, the town was saved. Although only one dog survived the fight, it was awarded a pension for life and a silver collar. And from this day forward dogs were revered as more than just instruments; they were seen as a crucial component to the safety and well being of mankind.
Because of their excellent ability to hunt, 10th century monasteries began to breed and sell dogs to wealthy French nobility. These dogs were so appreciated by their masters that it was not unusual to see as many humans as dogs in church on Sundays!
It was the Renaissance period that saw the creation of the companion dog. Hunting dogs were breed for temperament and size. The French and English were especially found of their dogs. In fact Charles IX of France declared a royal day of mourning when his Griffon died.
But it hasn’t been until recently that the dog has transcended to position of family pet to a full-fledged member of the family. Dogs sleep, eat and play with their owners, something that was almost unheard of even 100 years ago. Some dogs even have their own beds, most have their own dishes and all have their own purpose in life.
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