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Dogs Make Us Human
Australian Museum ^ | 3-25-2002 | Heidi De Wald

Posted on 03/26/2002 10:29:27 AM PST by blam

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The last I read about wolf domestication stated that wolves were domesticated at least four different times and the earliest was 14k years ago.
1 posted on 03/26/2002 10:29:27 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
I hope the poetry people don't find out I did this!  : )

"The Power of the Dog"

By Rudyard Kipling

"GARM -- A HOSTAGE" -- ACTIONS AND REACTIONS


There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie --
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find -- it's your own affair --
But . . . you've given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit hat answered your every mood
Is gone -- wherever it goes -- for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept'em, the more do we grieve;

For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long --
So why in -- Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

Yep, been there, done that.

2 posted on 03/26/2002 11:59:27 AM PST by pa_dweller
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To: pa_dweller
Thanks. Pass the Kleenex please. This past saturday we had to put down our 10yr old family dog.
She was diagnosed with a fast growing mast-cell tumor.

Very timely article, and poem! Thanks.

PS: Our family welcomed it's newest member on Sunday, a 7 wk old pup.

3 posted on 03/26/2002 12:08:25 PM PST by Johnny Gage
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To: pa_dweller
Dogs are idiots. They are drooling, boorish, noisy, polluting, gluttonous, crotch sniffing irritating beasts that may offer some limited functional use for protection, herding and the like, but generally are more of a nuisance than they are worth. On the whole, I think we are all better off without them.

(signed)
Maceman's cat

4 posted on 03/26/2002 1:00:46 PM PST by Maceman
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To: pa_dweller; Johnny Gage; Maceman
Beautiful poem by Rudyard Kipling, pa dweller. And my heart bleeds for Johnny.

Maceman's cat: Sounds like a pretty catty remark to me. Our dogs protect our cat. I'll bet you're a real nasty little thing. LOL!

5 posted on 03/26/2002 1:19:47 PM PST by Slip18
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To: Maceman
Maceman's Cat: Bookmark this page,

101 Uses for a Dead Cat

6 posted on 03/26/2002 1:51:58 PM PST by pa_dweller
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To: Johnny Gage
PS: Our family welcomed it's newest member on Sunday, a 7 wk old pup.

Good, that should soften the blow.

7 posted on 03/26/2002 1:54:12 PM PST by pa_dweller
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To: Johnny Gage
You have my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Best wishes for the new little life. I had to put my 10 Y/O greyhound to sleep 4 months ago because of a fast-growing cancer that covered his heart and filled his pericardium. I believe in multiple dogs so I still have my two little terrors (terrier mixes) to keep me company.

Dogs are the best, so there, Maceman's cat! I must say, that cat is a pretty good typist.

8 posted on 03/26/2002 2:28:53 PM PST by austingirl
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To: pa_dweller
Thanks the poem. Click on my name to see my doggies.
9 posted on 03/26/2002 3:54:56 PM PST by blam
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To: Johnny Gage
I'm so sorry. May the new one ease your sorrow.
10 posted on 03/26/2002 4:24:30 PM PST by CasearianDaoist
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To: blam
I cannot see your dogs.
11 posted on 03/26/2002 4:26:58 PM PST by CasearianDaoist
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To: CasearianDaoist
me either
12 posted on 03/26/2002 4:31:12 PM PST by grammymoon
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To: palo verde;andys andmikesmom
ping a ling ;-)
13 posted on 03/26/2002 4:38:52 PM PST by habs4ever
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To: CasearianDaoist;grammymoon
You can't see my four dogs on my profile page? I just checked, they're there.
14 posted on 03/26/2002 4:43:12 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
As my favorite bumper sticker says (seen in Alexandria, VA):

Be the person your dog thinks you are

15 posted on 03/26/2002 4:47:31 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: blam
I see your babies now, they are looking at you with total adoration. It looks mutual too!
Good looking dogs.
16 posted on 03/26/2002 4:48:15 PM PST by grammymoon
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To: pa_dweller
Thanks for the great poem...I have copied it, its so true and so sweet...my hubby and I have lost several of our dogs over the years, and we wonder why God gave such a short lifespan to a dog, and a much longer one to us humans...perhaps because there are so many doggies in this world, which need love...Its just so very hard, when you love your dogs so very much, they die so far ahead of you....
17 posted on 03/26/2002 4:49:32 PM PST by andysandmikesmom
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To: Pharmboy
Also good:

Every young boy should have a dog... it teaches him to always turn around three times before lying down.

18 posted on 03/26/2002 4:50:54 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: pa_dweller
This was a great old Free Republic Dog thread A tearjerker!... bring your kleenex! Lots of great dog poems!
19 posted on 03/26/2002 4:54:13 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: Johnny Gage
So sorry to hear of your loss, and know your heart is broken...ah, but you have a new little one to love, and surely he will not take the place of the departed one, but will hopefully ease a little, the sorrow in your heart...

My hubby and I lost have lost three of our dogs, in the 11 yrs we have lived at our current house...we have a little pet cemetary out in the back yard, beneath a big shady tree, where they used to like to lay down and rest...

My husband built each dog their own little coffin, and in that coffin they are all laid, with their favorite blankie wrapped around them...and shade loving plants are planted above each grave...

All three of our dogs died at home, surrounded by their families, as they went to sleep...they all died of old age, and thankfully I did not have to take them to the vet to be put down...they just went here at home...Dogs...God love em all...

20 posted on 03/26/2002 4:55:34 PM PST by andysandmikesmom
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To: blam
I wish my apt didn't have a no dog clause. GRRRRRRRRRRRrr.

I'll be out of here in 2003 anyway.

21 posted on 03/26/2002 4:56:06 PM PST by Dan from Michigan
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To: HairOfTheDog
Great thread, with great poems, and of course, many tears will be flowing...will bookmark that thread for further reading...
22 posted on 03/26/2002 4:58:37 PM PST by andysandmikesmom
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To: andysandmikesmom
Yes - I read it and bawled again :~)

The thread that is linked at the start of it is good too!

23 posted on 03/26/2002 5:00:18 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
Are dogs allowed down in the Hobbit Hole??;-)lol
24 posted on 03/26/2002 5:09:28 PM PST by habs4ever
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To: habs4ever
Are dogs allowed down in the Hobbit Hole?

Certainly! - hobbity folk have dogs... good honest beasts they can count on, of the type that are not too fancy or fractious!

Here is a nice little piece I like: (don't get me started on dog poems.... Oh - too late!)

THE CREATION OF MAN'S BEST FRIEND

God summoned a beast from the field, and He said,
"Behold man is created in My image. Therefore, adore him.

You shall protect him in the wilderness, shepherd his flocks, watch over his children, accompany him wherever he may go, even into civilization. You shall be his companion, his ally, and his slave. To do these things, I endow you with the instincts uncommon to other beasts: Faithfulness, Devotion, and Understanding, surpassing those of man himself. Lest it impair your courage, you shall never foresee your death. Lest it impair your loyalty, you shall be blind to the faults of man. Lest it impair your understanding, you are denied the power of words. Speak to your master only through your mind and your honest eyes.

Walk by his side; sleep in his doorway; ward off his enemies; carry his burden; share his affliction; love and comfort him. And in return for this, man will fulfill your needs and wants, which shall be only food, shelter and affection.

So be a friend of man. Guide him through the perils along the way to this land I have promised him. This shall be your destiny and your immortality."

The dog heard and was content.


25 posted on 03/26/2002 5:18:53 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: habs4ever; andysandmikesmom; All
thanks for pinging me habs
I love all the posts on this thread
Love, Palo
26 posted on 03/26/2002 5:21:54 PM PST by palo verde
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To: palo verde; All
For all those dog lovers out there, if you have not yet seen the film 'My Dog Skip', take the time to view it...

Its a grand little film, about a boy who has problems(as do all kids), and how through his dog, he makes friends, gets a girlfriend, and learns about growing up and life...its a great family film, certainly appropriate for even very young children, yet so well written and done, that adults as well will enjoy it...

And what is the best thing about this story, is that it is actually a true story..it will make you smile, and it will make you cry...

27 posted on 03/26/2002 5:28:11 PM PST by andysandmikesmom
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To: blam
Dear God, is this person serious? What nonsense.
28 posted on 03/26/2002 5:31:57 PM PST by poet
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To: andysandmikesmom;All
Great Web page devoted to working K-9 police dogs... Lots of beautiful poetry there.

More kleenex!

29 posted on 03/26/2002 5:34:02 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
Another great link...have saved it for later reading...reading through all of this I am remembering all my dogs, who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge...I hope they are all waiting for me...I have had so many dogs in my many years, and not a bum in the batch...Life without dogs, would be to my mind, such an empty life...

Unfortunately now, I have no dog...I was just about to get another dog, when I wound up with my sons cat, Dizzy, who does not get along with dogs...

But strangely, Dizzy, who is a great big Himalayan kitty, acts more like a dog than a cat...he rolls over for a belly rub all the time, he follows us whereever we go, he greets us at the door, he loves to be held and cuddled...sure wish he would get along with dogs better, so I could get myself another basset hound...

30 posted on 03/26/2002 5:48:24 PM PST by andysandmikesmom
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To: Johnny Gage
You have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved fourlegged friend. I know how much it hurts. I have 7 old friends and 1 old cat buried in our back yard under tall oaks and cherry trees.

We also have 6 living at this time. All mixed breeds and all rescues. Also 3 cats who are rescues.

Again my sympathy.

31 posted on 03/26/2002 6:00:05 PM PST by SCDogPapa
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To: poet
Dear God, is this person serious? What nonsense.

Is THIS person serious? What nonsence!!!!!!!!!!!!!

33 posted on 03/26/2002 6:02:18 PM PST by SCDogPapa
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To: LindaSOG
My condolences to you on your loss. I would also like to say congratulations on the new pup!

You just can't live without them.

34 posted on 03/26/2002 6:06:13 PM PST by SCDogPapa
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To: SCDogPapa
He's Just My Dogby Gene Hill

He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds.

He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea.

He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being, by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.)

When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded.

When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags.

Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful.

He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion.

With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant.

His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things.

He has promised to wait for me...whenever...wherever--in case I need him.

And I expect I will--as I always have.

This piece originally appeared in Tears & Laughter by Gene Hill. Copyright Gene Hill. All rights reserved.

35 posted on 03/26/2002 6:15:42 PM PST by SCDogPapa
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To: SCDogPapa
Bravo...a fine posting...
36 posted on 03/26/2002 6:21:05 PM PST by andysandmikesmom
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To: blam
Dogs Make Us Human

Oh yeah? Prove it! And sooooo? Who the hell wants to be made human?

37 posted on 03/26/2002 6:48:06 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: Maceman
My 3 cats love the dog. She loves the 3 cats. I love them all.
38 posted on 03/26/2002 7:05:09 PM PST by 3catsanadog
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To: Maceman
I really would like you to say that to my 150 pounds Rottie's face!
39 posted on 03/26/2002 7:09:37 PM PST by abnegation
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To: blam; Graewoulf

Dogs rule! Labs rule!

40 posted on 03/26/2002 7:36:05 PM PST by 2Trievers
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To: 2Trievers
Why do all the so call amimal rights activists want me to castrat my dogs?
41 posted on 03/26/2002 8:53:35 PM PST by Calculus_of_Consent
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To: Maceman
....while I have two cats I love, they never cam replace my dog SASSY(looked like BENGIE)!

....I must admit they are easier to care for ,but, their love is conditional and sparadic!

42 posted on 03/26/2002 9:42:12 PM PST by GrandMoM
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To: blam
Dogs are great bump.
43 posted on 03/26/2002 10:21:47 PM PST by mafree
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To: Pharmboy
I like the one on my truck: "dog is my co-pilot" (I take her every where with me)
44 posted on 03/27/2002 12:39:09 AM PST by CasearianDaoist
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To: andysandmikesmom
If the purpose of our time on this earth is to draw closer to God, to become more like him, perhaps our friends learn sooner then we do. It maybe that God desires their faithful campanionship as much as we do.
45 posted on 03/27/2002 12:43:32 AM PST by CasearianDaoist
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To: CasearianDaoist
LOL!! And a doggie bump!
46 posted on 03/27/2002 4:20:59 AM PST by Pharmboy
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To: CasearianDaoist
"(I take her every where with me)"

LOL. I take all four of mine. My bumper sticker says, "I don't Believe The Liberal Media" and "Join The Resistance..www.freerepublic.com"

47 posted on 03/27/2002 5:52:49 AM PST by blam
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To: andysandmikesmom;SCdogpapa;slip18;lindaSOG;padweller;austingirl;caseariandaoist
Thank you all for your very kind thoughts and words!

The vet we took her to,(Banfield Hospital)has a very family friendly euthanization policy. They you to be there for as much as you want. We all sat on the floor and I held her in my lap. We prayed for heaven to accept her while the Doc administered the injection and the Doc actually sat next to me and cried a bit too.

As we were leaving they gave us a sympathy card signed by the doc and nurse with a footprint and a small shock of fur.
In the card, it stated that the hospital makes a memorial donation to PetsMart's animal rescue organization in your dog's name.

Before we left for the vet, I trimmed off a some fur and brushed her good beforehand. I now have a small pile of fur and we plan to release bits of it at our/her favorite campgrounds and hiking spots this summer.

Ok, I guess it makes it better by talking about it too.

Thanks for listening.
Dave

48 posted on 03/27/2002 7:04:38 AM PST by Johnny Gage
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To: Johnny Gage
Your dog was lucky to have you. As are the pups to come.

An old man has loved many good dogs.

49 posted on 03/27/2002 7:09:28 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: EnnisExile
Hi EE! - Long time no see! - How are you and Paddy doing these days? - Hope all is well!

HairOfTheDog

50 posted on 03/27/2002 7:14:50 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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