D is for Dog


The domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a subspecies of the gray wolf, a member of the Canidae family of the mammalian order Carnivora. The term "domestic dog" is generally used for both domesticated and feral varieties. The dog was the first domesticated animal and has been the most widely kept working, hunting, and pet animal in human history. The word "dog" can also refer to the male of a canine species, as opposed to the word "bitch" which refers to the female of the species. (Wikipedia)

Most of our common domestic dog "breeds" are no more than a few hundred years old. Despite size and shape it is not hard to see the link between the hound at your feet and the magnificent wolf above. Actually Jessie quite often strikes that exact pose. As dogs are basically wolf like on the outside, its not surprising that internally they are very similar. Hence a dog, like a wolf is basically a carnivorous mammal.
(makes you think about what we should be feeding our dogs)

A well raised, well treated dog will form a lifetime bond of loyalty to its human family.

To a human a dog may just be a dog.
To a dog, its Humans are EVERYTHING

Jessie embracing the "inner wolf"


SlimDoggy said...

Stopping over from the A to Z Challenge and happy to find a couple of canine friends. I think Max has the right idea, worry about Z after dinner!

N J Magas said...

We're fortunate (?) to have an ancient dog breed: a shiba. Very clever, very energetic and keen to learn commands, they are also willful, and stubborn and too clever for their own good. Our shiba has learned to cover his tracks. Sometimes we don't find his mischief for days. :P

galeriaredelius said...

I'm always fascinated to think how many different breeds there are in the world, all originally coming from the wolf (like from chihuahua to grand danois).

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