Researchers' claims that dogs evolved fewer than 10,000 years ago are at odds with current archaeological and genetic evidence. They are also grounded in the belief that wolves and humans are natural enemies. They are not.
Our kelpie Harley had a brain tumor that caused seizures. They did not keep him from learning to dive to the bottom of the pool, but physical problems can often affect a dog's behavior, as they did his in other ways.
The dingo was one of the dogs used in a new genetic study comparing wolves and dogs, designed to help explain the origins of the dog. (Photo of a dingo on the road by Jarrod Amoore of Sydney, Australia)
This blog, like most of my writing over the past three decades focuses on our relationhip to the natural and built worlds and their creatures. Occupants of the intersitial space between those worlds, for many of us, our primary, if not only, link to the world beyond our own, dogs occupy center stage in their roles as companions, guides, guardians, aides and, although we hate to admit it, objects of fear, loathing and derision.