I often wondered where the phase “Mans Best Friend” came from and as we now live in a world where practically every answer is at our finger tips, I got tapping and asked everyone’s friend Google.
What I’m led to believe is that before the evolution of wolf into dog, that man and wolf would hunt as a team. Wolves were the master trackers, and because of weapons, humans were the superior killers. Therefore, Wolves would lead the humans to the prey, and in return humans would leave some of the kill behind. This it was said, lead to the evolution of dogs, however other reports say, humans captured wolf cubs and raised them to be domesticated and then these domesticated genes were passed down through generations which eventually resulted in the domestic dog we know today.
Although man and dog have formed a close bond, it wasn’t always this way. Pre 18th century, dogs were kept for hunting and defence, and not as pets, the only deviation being the lap dog, which were referred to as only fit for a lady. Dogs were classed as dispensable and dog hangings were commonplace for any unfortunate pooch who had been caught chasing sheep or poultry or doing whatever else came natural to them. The phrase “Give a dog a bad name” was originally give a dog a bad name and hang him 1705.
Language referring to dogs changed around the later 18th century, with the word “Dog Basket” appearing in 1768, showing a clear change in attitude towards them, when there was a need for a word describing a piece of equipment specifically for the comfort of dogs.
I much prefer the story from 1870. A farmer shot a neighbour’s dog and the owner sued for damages. In the court case that followed, the lawyer George Graham Vest gave a tear-jerking speech,
"Gentlemen of the jury, a man's dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow, and the snow drives fiercely, if only he can be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens." - And so on... That in my opinion described “Man’s Best Friend”
Although we are more than not, a nation of dog lovers, there is still some atrocious acts of cruelty in our own country and the most despicable barbaric and violent acts towards dogs and other sentient beings in many other parts of the world. Albert Einstein is known as one of the greatest minds to have ever lived and he had very strong views on man and his disrespect for animals.
“The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit towards animals is evil, first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit” – ALBERT EINSTEIN
Many great thinkers of the world have aired their views on mans disrespect for other sentient beings, and man’s deluded belief of their right to use and abuse animals for their own selfish needs.
“For as long as man massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain, can not reap the joy of love” – PYTHAGORAS
“The question is not, can they reason? Not can they talk? But, can they suffer? – JEREMY BENTHAM
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” - MOHANDAS K. GANDHI.
“the love of ALL living creatures is the most noble attribute of man” – CHARLES DARWIN
“NONE violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming, ALL other living beings we are still savages. – THOMAS A. EDISON.
Of course, you don’t have to have a high IQ to love and respect animals, we all have the ability to show compassion, its our choice to be that person who cares, and lives their life consciously without intentionally hurting, or causing pain and suffering, to another sentient being.
I only wish some of the narcissist superficial so-called CELEBS, who think its okay to flaunt around in the fur of a tortured animal or swing the skin of a skinned alive croc on their shoulder would follow in the footsteps of some of our Great Minds. As a lover of animals, especially dogs, I was horrified to read the link below, which took place on a film set recently. We are a long way from enlightenment, our own corrupt government, who are meant to be the voice of the people, voted to reject the inclusion of animal sentients- the admittance that animals feel emotion and pain. What chance do animals have when these, so called educated people come up with such pure inhumane crap, and even worse, get away with it. There is nothing humane about humans.
“IT IS JUST LIKE A MAN’S VANITY AND INPERTINENCE TO CALL AN ANIMAL DUMB BECAUSE IT IS DUMB TO HIS DULL PERCEPTIONS” - MARK TWAIN.