domestic dogs

I really want a domestic dog/cat pelt but I’m assuming since they’re all seen as pets that’s impossible because of the bad reputation the person who skinned the dog/cat would get. I really don’t understand the deal with people and animals that are typically pet animals. If there’s an animal that’s not owned by someone/is dangerous, what’s the point in keeping it around? There are cows killed for their meat every day and nobody bats an eye, but as soon as it’s a dog/cat everyone losses their shit.


"Did you want a kiss now too, Rei-chan?"

"No. Absolutely not."

"Awww, why not? Are you jealous? Come on Rei-chan, kiss me!"

I’ve been so busy the past week or so, but hhhhslkdjfs here’s a quick and messy thing I did to help myself unwind  i don’t miss my dog shut up

Britney Spears invented animal domestication in 2008 because she wanted the peaceful coexistence of animals and humans. Because she is a performer at heart, Spears decided to dazzle the world by debuting lions and elephants as the first domesticated animals in her Circus music video. She began their domestication in August of 2008 and was able to finish their training by the end of October for her music video shoot. Afterwards, she began to domesticate the first house pets and livestock/farm animals.


Fancy Pigeon (and English Carrier, top right) Breeds

Easily domesticated, with short generation times and friendly disposition, pigeons have long been ideal for “fancy” breeders - people who wanted to breed an animal based on looks, like the majority of modern dog and cat breeds.

Where the standard carrier pigeon is the simply-colored greyhound of the sky, fancy pigeons are everything from the problem-ridden, overly-droopy modern iteration of the basset hound, to the functional-but-fancy Cardigan Welsh corgi, to the ornamental-but-sound Maltese.

A fancy pigeon show is more like a cat show than a dog show, though. The breeds have largely been derived for their looks, though a few (such as the Maine Coon cat, or the Scandaroon pigeon) served additional purposes at some point in time. The animals are kept in cages, divided by color and type, and are most prized if they’re relaxed with handling, but still the type to “strut” and show off.

Read more about some of the most popular fancy pigeon breeds on Mental_floss.


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(this is my dog and she’s pretty cool)

I mean whats special about dogs though they’re everywhere (SHUT UP THEY ARE SO SPECIAL) They’re just dumb happy animals (UGH) If you raise a wolf in your house it’ll just be a dog right??? (NO!!!)

So what can dogs, the very first animals to be domesticated, teach us?? ABOUT OURSELVES???

(Remember when I said don’t get me started on dog domestication? That’s a fair warning for the length of this post.)

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Canine Evolutionary Tree     |     Credit:  Laurie O’Keefe    
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The dog, Canis familiaris, is a direct descendant of the gray wolf, Canis lupus.  In other words, dogs as we know them are domesticated wolves.

Or: humans as we know them are domesticated hominids.  Wolves seem to have taken the initiative, leading to today’s dogs and their humans.

Darwin was wrong about dogs. He thought their remarkable diversity must reflect interbreeding with several types of wild dogs. But the DNA findings say differently. All modern dogs are descendants of wolves, though this domestication may have happened twice, producing groups of dogs descended from two unique common ancestors. 

How and when this domestication happened has been a matter of speculation. It was thought until the end of the 20th century that dogs were wild until about 12,000 years ago. But DNA analysis suggests a possible date of about 100,000 years ago for the transformation of wolves to dogs. This means that wolves began to adapt to human society long before humans settled down and began practicing agriculture. 

This casts doubt on the long-held belief that humans domesticated dogs to serve as guards or companions. Rather, say some experts, dogs [i.e., wolves] may have exploited a niche they discovered in early human society and got humans to take them in out of the cold. 

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