HH: Okay, because dogs are the one and only animal that I know of that CHOSE to live with mankind. They were not forced into domestication - like sheep or bovines. They trailed mankind on their own volition, first perhaps for the scavenger factor of rummaging through man’s garbage for scraps and bones. But it became evident to the dog that if they incorporated themselves into human social structure, they would be be fed regularly. Their genetics actually changed to cash in on this opportunistic survival feature.
That also set up the use of “working dogs" that assisted mankind in the great migration across the globe. Dogs can exist wherever man travels. It is very possible mankind would not have made it through the arctic migration across the Bering Strait WITHOUT the dog. And visa versa.
Still the dog chose to remain with mankind. They love working with man. They chose to work with man. They are instinctively valuable as herding dogs. They will protect home and hearth of mankind. They will protect the children of the pack. They learned how to assist mankind in hunting efforts. I am sure you have heard of bird dogs. Fox Hunters and the like. They have been trained to work as rescue dogs, assistance dogs, cadaber and bomb and drug searching dogs, cart-pulling dogs, security dogs, and the list goes on. The partnership is sometimes pure companionship.
So which part of symbiotic relationship is it you do not understand?
Naturally everyone has a different value system - to me, these dogs do not look abused one iota. If you think they are abused, you should start a campaign and put your money where your mouth is or quit writing checks you can’t cash.
P.S. It occurs to me some people have never eaten food that was not foraged from the supermarket. That does tend to change one’s thought processes.
Olympians! Athletic Body Design by Howard Schartz & Beverly Ornstein
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HH: Great picture - the variation in physique
Artist John Gurche used the latest forensic techniques, fossil discoveries, and 20 years of experience to create the lifelike reconstructions of early humans on display in the Hall of Human Origins. The painstaking process required a detailed knowledge of human and ape anatomy. It took Gurche 2½ years to complete these busts.
A mother’s grief: The startling images which show how chimpanzees mourn their dead just like humans
Chimpanzees appear to mourn their dead infants just like humans, scientists have discovered.
Chimpanzee mothers establish close physical relationships with their young, carrying them for up to two years and nursing them until they are six.
But now scientists have filmed how one chimpanzee mother, whose 16-month-old infant died, apparently begins the grieving process.
It’s the latest evidence highlighting just how similar chimps and other great apes are to humans.