You have to admit that when pets die, we cry. There is a strange magnetic connection between humans and furry friends. And saying goodbye to our pets is proof of heartbreaks, and even depression, not to mention missing work. The relationship between humans and dogs have a long history. Researchers at the University of Chicago estimate that dogs have been domesticated more than 30,000 years ago. Our partnership with furry pets goes back to our need for dogs for herding and hunting. These days we have therapy dogs, service dogs or assistance dogs working to assist people with disabilities. Police dogs, often called K-9s, trained to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel in the line of duty. My favorite furry friend is the border collie. They are touted as the smartest of all dogs and are overachievers. They’re energetic and athletic, but loves to care for the owners. For those of you that have a poodle, I’m jealous! There are a variety of poodles, including toy, miniature, and standard in size. These beauties are smart with great brainpower. I never knew that poodles originated were hunting dogs because they seem to keep their composure. If you like playing games, poodles love to do tricks.
Humans are better people because of their furry companions. We love on them, shelter them, but don’t forget they love ice cream and whipped cream. Dog history has been studied recently using mitochondrial DNA suggesting that wolves and dogs split into different species around 100,000 years ago. Some analyses suggest that the original domestication location of dog domestication was in East Asia; others that the middle east was the original location of domestication; and still others that later domestication took place in Europe.