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You Dogs Love Us Monkeys

An ode to dogs and their ways

Hello dog
I know you
You know me
We are two
Mammals with hungry bellies

You have a wagging tail
I have a happy heart
I carry my lunch pail
Hoist sails to depart

Around the world
To earn my keep
You run and jump
Sniff and sleep

I pet your head
You slobbering slob
You lick my hand
But who has the harder job?

Both of us, push and pull
To earn our daily belly full
You love us so
More than you ought

We love you more
Never a thought

We make a good pair
Neither knowing
Where we came from
Where we're going

Whether you or me
Do the towing
Hunting, fishing
Talking, rowing

We eat together
Love ever flowing
We journey on
Friendship growing

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Rap it up b! Harmonic resonance shaking apart culture

dogs and monkeys together as the substrate for future vultures.



A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

Love of dogs is not universal

Dogs Among Europeans

Dogs were domesticated by our European ancestors, and it is, to this very day, the Europeans who have the strongest bond with dogs. New studies indicate that, contrary to previous investigations that postulated the first domestication event in the ancient Near East, where several species of livestock were domesticated by early pastoralists, the dog was domesticated by hunter-gatherers in the forests of Northwestern Europe more than 18,000 years ago.


Genomics and fossil finds confirm that Europe was the likely origin of domestication, and archaeological sites dating back to the stone age confirm the special relationship that existed between our ancestors and dogs. A site in the Czech Republic belonging to a Paleolithic culture (that is, a Pre-Aryan, Paleo-European people) shows that ancient Europeans had a special reverence for the dog; in one case, a dog was buried with a large bone (possibly from a mammoth) in its mouth, and its brain was removed (but probably not eaten), perhaps for special spiritual purposes to release its soul:


In contrast, many other world cultures have not historically had strong taboos against eating dog-meat and have not given dogs special burials as our ancestors had. In Mesolithic southern Sweden, for example, (again a Pre-Aryan, Old European culture) dogs were buried in individual graves alongside other human graves and were given the same sorts of grave goods that humans were buried with. These dog burials in southern Sweden were also characterized by the ritual use of red ochre, a naturally-occurring pigment, which was sprinkled in the graves of both humans and dogs alike. Distinctive burial practices with respect to canines continued in Scandinavia through the Viking Age, with dogs buried alongside their masters, as in the case of the Gokstad ship burial, where six dogs accompanied their elderly master into the hereafter.

In the Mediterranean World, for example, dogs are typically regarded as unclean, and we see this idea manifest quite strongly in modern Islamic cultures, where the saliva of the dog is sufficiently impure as to render an individual unfit to give prayers until he ritually washes himself. In warmer climates, dogs are often "pariah dogs," scavengers in cities and towns, and not the guardians of hearth and field that we love as friends and companions. In quite a few barbarous places, dogs are a savored delicacy, and they are gladly eaten today in places like Vietnam, Korea, and Africa, as they were in the past by the Indian tribes of the Americas.

Loving dogs, and having a deep compassion for other animals, is a distinctively European trait, and it is a product of our history as the intertwined branches of Old European hunter-gatherers and Indo-European warrior-pastoralists. We did not just domesticate the dog, I argue, but we co-evolved alongside the dog; human groups that could cultivate and achieve mutually-beneficial relationships with dogs had an advantage over those that could not. It has been suggested by some, like the researchers Paul Mellars and Jennifer French of Cambridge, that the domestication of the dog may provided Cromagnon man with a decisive advantage over the Neanderthals against whom they were competing.



Here is an interesting paper that looks deeper into the co-evolutionary relationship between dogs and man, which defies the conventional explanation of dogs as "freeloaders" on human society:

European countries were the first to take principled stands against animal vivisection, demonstrating our spiritual and moral advancement, and the National-Socialists in particular, as the conscious heirs of European civilization, took a radical and pioneering stand for the protection of animals. As early as 1931, the National-Socialist Workers' Party proposed a ban on all vivisection, and this was finally made a reality in 1933, when it was finally banned. This ban had broad popular support, and we can give credit to principled men of conscience, the animal-lovers and environmentalists Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring.

Animals salute Göring for banning vivisection

Dogs Elsewhere

Non-European nationalists have been ready to criticize their compatriots for "acting white" by adopting dogs as pets. China has been at odds with itself recently with respect to the new habit, cultivated by the urban bourgeoisie, of keeping dogs, especially elaborately-trimmed purebred dogs from Europe. Old China and New China have clashed over rabies outbreaks, which were met by authorities with massive culls, including the confiscation and euthanizing (by clubbing) of small, pet dogs that had little chance of exposure. This was the case in Hanzhong and Jiangmen a few years ago. These rabies control efforts were criticized as unscientific and inhumane, and I suspect that a sort of cultural war is a contributing factor.



Get a glimpse at how the Chinese nouveaux riches are spending their new wealth, dying and manicuring dogs into ostentatious status symbols, copying the stripes of tigers, the patches of pandas, and other patterns:

The old callousness and the new sensitivity towards dogs, imported from the West by the wealthy, have clashed at China's meat markets, where activists are now attempting to end the sale of dog and cat meats:

Looking to Africa, South Africa's President, Jacob Zuma, has strongly criticized blacks who take dogs as pets. In 2012, in his first public appearance after he was re-elected as President, he made some very hash statements:

South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, has declared that having a pet dog is not African, and that black South Africans who buy a dog, take it for walks and to the veterinarian are copying white culture.

He described people who love dogs more than humans as "having a lack of humanity", Durban newspaper The Mercury reported.

Black South Africans should stop adopting the habits of other cultures, Mr Zuma told an audience of thousands on Wednesday: "Even if you apply any kind of lotion and straighten your hair you will never be white."

Mr Zuma, a proud Zulu who adheres to traditional practices such as polygamy, said in an August interview that it was "not right" for women to be single, and that having children is "extra training for a woman".

A spokeswoman for South Africa's national SPCA said care given to animals also benefited people: "We cannot have compassion for animals if we do not have compassion for children and the elderly."

Mr Zuma's office said the message of the speech "was the need to decolonise the African mind post-liberation".

Dogs have been special to Western man for a very long time (and vice versa), so loving dogs, as well as loving other animals, is a high form of civilizational patriotism that sets us apart from cruder and more barbarous stock.

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Monkey shoots dog into space


The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Kind of funny

in a sad way, undermines the grandiosity of the break into space. We didn't have the confidence to go in head first, sent a dog. O, humanity. Well, o russia anyway.

nice poem, BILL3

Dogs are the best.

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

Thnks Bill

Babysitting Daughters odious bitch.

Broke loose twice.

Hard to catch.

Licked hand and wagged.

Not so bad.

I'll take my Liberty, it's not yours to give.

; )

Love it