ORIGINS OF THE PET
By Carla M. Pacis
majority of the pets we own are either cats or dogs.
That is probably because they have formed close relationships
with humans unlike fish, birds, turtles or any of the
other animals we call pets.Scientists have definitely
proven that the dog, with its many different breeds,
originated from the wolf. Dogs display behavior that
is similar to the wolfs. When a dog buries a bone,
a piece of food or toy, it is copying the food-caching
behavior of wolves. When a dog jumps to greet its owner,
it is the same behavior wolf pups display when they
meet an adult wolf. Both wolves and dogs roll over and
show their bellies as a sign of submission.
raise their hackles and tail when feeling aggressive.
Both sniff the each others rear ends when meeting.
The present day dog has actually retained the characteristics
of the wolf pup.
trace the beginning of the relationship between man
and wolves/dog as far back as 14,000 years ago. The
domestication of the wolf began at the time when early
men were hunters. Nobody really knows how it all started.
Scientists suspect it could have began when wolves would
approach a campfire after smelling something good to
eat. Maybe those that were unafraid of humans and had
tame dispositions would be accepted into the camp. Humans
could have also taken wolf pups and tamed them to be
hunting companions or guards. The relationship between
man and dog has evolved into something deeper over thousands
of years. Today, he is mans faithful and loving
cat took its place beside humans long after the dogs.
It is only when man stopped wandering and settled into
a home and began to store his grain that the wild cats
domestication may have begun. Grain attracts mice and
rats, a favorite food of wild cats even then. Cats became
mans helper against the grain-eating rodents.
Cats also found out that in the human places, hunting
was easier, and the shelter and warmth that human homes
provided were more comfortable than the outdoors. The
earliest records of cats are on wall paintings in ancient
Egypt. Thus, man found another animal companion.