posted on Apr, 21 2008 @ 09:01 AM
When I used that phrase, I didn't mean to say that there is a gene somewhere in our DNA that is telling us to go play fetch or anything like that.
Not in that sense. I apologize if my words seemed to
impy something other scientific fact, like a spiritual connection to dogs.
It is pretty much accepted in the scientific community that nearly all breeds of dogs found today, are descended from wolves. That being said, it is
interesting to compare results of simple tests between dogs and wolves. Not just wolves either. Domesticated wolves. Its probably important to know
why they are compared with wolves. It is because of the fact that modern dogs descended from wolves BECAUSE of the interaction with humans.
Essentially, because of the presence of humans, the dog is born.
Wolves cannot seem to grasp the "point" concept, where nearly every dog that I have known, understands it with almost no complication. Dogs know
what it means when your eyes are closed, where wolves never figure it out. They know what it means when your eyes look at something else, where
wolves do not. They watch our every move. They memorize us; our voice, the sound of our footsteps, body language, and it even seems sometimes our
moods and emotions. It is probably safe to say that we have affected their DNA quite a bit more than ours, but that does not mean that in general,
humans don't at least recognize some kind of connection to them. Most people don't think about the relationship being anymore than owner/pet. So
many people have dogs as pets. This cannot be just a type of cultural fad or conformative move, even subconsciously. There is evidence to support
the claims that the canine has been present in human past far longer than Westminster has been putting on dog shows.
Here you go.
This report is pretty interesting.
Just do a little digging about the relationship between dogs and humans and see what you can come up with.