From antiquity to today. The history of dogs.
“There are no comrades to the taste and color” reads a well-known statement, and in relation to the choice of a pet, it is also relevant. Someone will choose a dog as a pet, someone a cat. Both those and others form 2 main groups of pet lovers, since it is dogs and cats that are the most common options. After these cute fluffies, dogs and cats, the next in the popularity rating are rodents, birds, fish. When deciding to get a pet, people often realize what responsibility they are taking and are ready in advance for the animal to be educated, for training, for the little puppy or kitten to go through adaptation in a new house, and are ready for character grinding / habits. Conflict situations, difficult moments occur: when an animal has a difficult nature or soreness, in these cases it is important not to forget about the original goal of the pet establishment, agreeing to take that, by default you agreed to put up with all the difficulties, eliminating them as much as possible. As the saying goes, “that does not kill us, makes us stronger”, and having survived the difficulties without losing optimism and love for the animal, you will get a lot of positive feedback in communication with the pet.
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This article is dedicated to all lovers, connoisseurs and professionals who prefer dogs.
All roads lead to Rome, from ancient Rome to the Middle Ages.
Since ancient times, dogs served people not only faithful friends, guards, and hunting companions, but also “combat soldiers”: dogs were used in war. Molossian dogs were chosen for defense and attack, largely due to their strong body and powerful fangs. They wore collars with protruding blades around their necks. Seeing such a dog, the enemy ran from the battlefield without a fight. Even worse were the dogs that served as cohesive ones: these dogs carried military orders, which were placed in a small copper cylinder that the dog swallowed. The messenger who had arrived at his destination often had to be killed, because there was no time to wait until the cylinder with the message came out naturally.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, the first few decades, the fighting qualities of dogs were no longer necessary, and these animals had to return to their primitive state. Cities and villages flooded flocks of ferocious hungry animals, previously accompanying the conquerors. True, there is a positive one: in the Middle Ages, dogs, unlike cats, were not accused of witchcraft and were not burned at the stake. But, at that time, dogs were not the favorites of people, but inspired fear, disgust and hostility, because of their way of life. It is possible that it was then that expressions appeared that later became winged, “tired like a dog,” “dog’s life,” “dog’s dog’s death,” “son of a bitch,” etc. However, in the Middle Ages, people did not completely abandon their friendship with a dog, despite the disdainful attitude towards it. The dogs remained in the service of the person, used in the hunt. Looking back, and comparing the fate of a four-footed friend in those times with that which dogs live now, one can say that life compensated for the lack of attention and love of the time by the current attitude towards these animals.
It is good to be a favorite pet and live in a family where you have everything: shelter, food, attention and love of the owners. Of course, not all representatives of the animal world are lucky to do this, but is there already a question for karma ?! And those who are lucky to be born thoroughbred, beautiful and healthy dog, 99% guaranteed life in a circle of a loving family, where the “parents” are people. It’s no secret for anyone that the pet service industry has stepped forward and now various services are available: salon procedures, washing, grooming dogs and cats. And the shelves of pet shops are full of various goods for our smaller brothers:
Vitamins for dogs,
Feed for kittens / puppies and mature animals,
The food is dry and canned,
Feed for animals with certain diseases and specialized ready-made rations in special periods of animal life (“dairy” period, pregnancy, lactation, recovery after illness).
So today, many people may envy the living conditions in which many pets live.
Returning to the story. In the Middle Ages, dogs still served at monasteries, being partly watchmen, partly friends for monks, making their lives more beautiful and life less lonely. For example, the blood hound breed was bred in the abbey of St. Hubert. The story also says that German monks brought out a German shepherd because they needed a dog that could protect the monastery from attack.It is during this period that the specialization of hunting dogs begins. Pointers and setters were used in the search for prey, the Greyhounds pursued it, Molosa Great Masks accompanied the big game hunters. Small-sized dogs, called beavers at the time, were used to hunt hares and foxes at that time. So the first terriers appeared.
Numerous hordes of dogs helped and accompanied people both on the hunt and in processions. Marco Polo took a huge pack of dogs to hunt, the number of this retinue was several thousand dogs. The soldiers of the royal army during the suppression of the Irish rebels enlisted the help of at least eight hundred dogs, and the Spanish conquistadors during the conquest of America were accompanied by large dogs dressed up in armor.
As you can see, the history of the interaction of man and dog is as old as the world itself. Coming to us from the depths of centuries, these animals were not so much subjugated by us as they conquered us, becoming loyal friends and companions of life, keeping loyalty without any conditions.