Are Monkeys Domesticating Wolves?

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The domestication of the dog was one of the pivotal moments in the development of human civilization. Most likely, wolves gathered by human campfires after a hunt. The humans allowed the wolves to scavenge, which disposed of animal remains and may have served as a deterrent to other predators. Both wolf and human gained from [Read More...]

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“I Am Dog!”

This is Ivy.

An Analysis of the Cognitive Patterns of the Common House Ivy IVY: Oh please dad, I have to go out! I have to go out SO BAD! I have to pee! Pleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease! [kind-hearted human lets dog out in the backyard] IVY. Oh my! GRASS! When did this get here?! I love to roll in it! [Read More...]

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Medieval Dog Lovers

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From Gaston Phoebus “The Master of Game” (14th century) comes this illumination showing men caring for their dogs. Is that dog on the bottom left getting a … pedicure?!   [Read more...]

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Thoughts About The State of the … Ooo! A Puppy!

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My various feeds are full of comments about the State of the Union address last night, as if this kind of crass political theater is something that matters even a little. The focus-tested murmurings of our entrenched oligarchic ruling class are of so little consequence that a couple hours spent reading the most excellent Tarzan comic [Read More...]

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Dog Gets 3D Printed Legs

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I haven’t done a heart-warming 3D printing story in a while, so here’s a tear-jerker for you: Derby the dog, born with deformed front legs, gets a new pair of prosthetics thanks to 3D printing, and he’s off like a shot.   [Read more...]

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Monday Morning Chicken UPDATED

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With a special guest appearance by Bella the dog. She’s already exhibiting some herding behavior, so I think she’s going to be a chicken version of a sheepdog. A, um … chickendog. Yeah, that won’t do at all. Updated: Just a link to let you know that Kat has posted a picture of a chicken [Read More...]

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