If you are in search of a dog for sale or a puppy for sale in Toronto you probably have wanted to own one of these majestic creatures for some time.
The history of dog ownership dates back to 14-thousand years ago. Historians have made connections of dog ownership with Ancient Greece, Egypt, Ancient Rome, and medieval Europe. Paw prints of the adorable creatures are also marked on The Paleolithic tomb in Israel, Middle East, and Ancient China.
It is believed that the dog comes from wolf ancestors and was first seen cozying up to humans about 14-thousand to 12-thousand years ago, following the Ice Age.
The wolf puppies were trained by humans around this time marking the beginning of the domestication process. From then on the dog was treated with more care and respect than their predecessor, for the most part.
DOGS IN CHINA
Dogs were one of the earliest animals to be domesticated in China. Pigs were also domesticated around the same time.
The animals were used as companions and as hunting partners.
They were even used as food at one point. Certain places in Asia still continue the practice.
Dogs were considered a good luck charm sent down by the gods to help humans. And although the animals were equated to almost holy status in their nature they were also seen as a tool, helper or good source of food rather than something to be perpetually worshiped
In many places in China dogs were even killed and buried in front of homes or various entry gates to ward off the evil eye. Protecting humans from the supernatural was one of the duties of the dog.
DOGS IN GREECE
In Greece the dog was associated with female deities, hunting and black Molossian pups were kept by the goddesses of the time.
In Greek philosophy, those who followed the school of Cynicism were considered dog-like because they were absolutely loyal to their path.
Dogs were also featured in the writings of Plato where it was said that the dog is a true philosopher because it can tell the face of a friend and an enemy simply by knowing. Dogs were also considered true lovers of learning because they based their likes and dislikes on the knowledge of the truth.
DOGS IN ROME
Dogs in Rome were seen much like they were in Greece. The great Latin poet Virgil, once wrote, “Never, with dogs on guard, need you fear for your stalls a midnight thief.” And that is exactly how these beautiful creatures were seen in Rome.
It was believed that dogs were protectors of people and they made certain that thieves and supernatural powers did not affect their masters. A dog that barked at ‘nothing’ was actually barking at invisible spirits or so it was believed.
Dogs for sale in Rome were of two types generally. It was accepted that a family must own one of each. One dog was to watch over the home and the other one was to hunt with its master.
DOGS IN INDIA
In India dogs are highly regarded and it is considered to be the first place to truly domesticate dogs, although some have challenged this notion. The Indian Pariah dog that still exists today, comes from India.
In one of India’s mythical tales a dog accompanied a noble man on his way to heaven. He has led a virtuous life and expected to be welcomed at the gates, however the gate keeper declined to let his companion, the dog, inside. His dog has followed him throughout the journey, while even his family had left him on his final journey to heaven.
The man is so dismayed by the news that he declined not to enter heaven and chose to stay or even go to hell. He justified his reasoning by saying that a place that would not let his dog in, isn’t any good anyway. At that point the gate keeper told him he was being tested for the last time and of course the dog was welcome inside.
Other versions of the myth say that the dog turns into god Vishnu at that point, equating the dog with the most important Indian god.
DOGS IN EGYPT
Dogs were considered a part of the family in Ancient Egypt and if a dog died and the family could afford it, the dog would be mummified.
The family would grieve over the deceased dog in the same way they would over other members of the family. They did the same with family cats.
Dogs and cats were buried in the same fashion people were.
In Greek mythology the dog was linked to dog-jackal god Anubis who guided the souls of the dead to The Hall of Truth.
Myths and some historic accounts speak to the extravagant burial ceremonies performed for dogs of well off society members. Finest linens, incense, and expensive tombs were used to bury the furry family members.
To help the dogs pass on more easily to the afterlife they were buried in a special place called the temple of Anubis.
Although cats tend to be synonymous with Ancient Egypt, with stories of godliness and great admiration of the creatures told throughout history books, dogs were just as beloved.
In present day dogs for sale and puppies for sale in Toronto and around the world come in all shapes and sizes. They can be pure bred or a mutt; short or long haired, or hairless; loud or quiet and the lost goes on.
Dogs are mainly used as a companion a friend, but also for herding, hunting, protection, police and emergency services, to help the disabled and aid the sick.
Dogs are very smart creatures, they have advanced memory and the ability to learn by inference.
A study documented the learning and memory capabilities of a border collie who had learned and was able to associate over 1,000 words by verbal command. Dogs are also able to read and react appropriately to human body language such as gesturing and pointing, and understand human voice commands.
Dogs are truly a man’s best friend.
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