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September 2016

Dogs and Humans — A Long Association

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Some fun questions and answers regarding dogs and their humans:

No. 1 = Do you know how far back in human history the presence of canines has been recorded?

— Not until 1979, did evidence of dog-to-human companionship become revealed as a very long association. At that time, remains of domestic dogs were found in the Middle East. Skeletal remains were said to date as far back as 12,000 B.C.!

No. 2 = Did you know America far and away leads the world’s domestically-kept dog population?

— Generally, at any given time, the United States records over 50 million pet dogs among its populace to second place Britain’s less than 10 million canine companions.

No. 3 = Do you know where the phrase, “I’ve got to see a man about a dog”, originated?

— In a play, “Flying Scud”, by Dion Boucicault, a fellow accused of forgery and trying to avoid the lawyer who is his accuser, uses those words to make his escape from the conversation. The phrase was repeated by the play’s audience, and then the general public, thereafter. (There’s also evidence that the word “dog” may have been “horse”!)

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Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

If We Could Be Like Dogs

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If we could be like dogs — lovers unconditional — the world would be a better place. A dog uses God’s credo — love all others first.

Although massive in stature, the Newfoundland breed (ABOVE), nicknamed Newfie, is one of the kindest and most gentle of dogs. Their need to bond with humans is astounding. Water dogs by nature, they are taught to help their humans in water-related tasks, as well as to rescue humans in peril in the water, but their instinct to rescue is way ahead of any instructor.

And the unconditional love a dog expresses toward his “owner” is way ahead of many expressions from the human race.

Lord Byron (George Noel Gordon, 1788-1824), the British poet, said of the dog “…he has all the Virtues of Man, without his Vices”. That was part of the tombstone eulogy for his deceased Newfie, Boatswain, whom he also said had “Beauty without Vanity” and was a better friend to him than any man he’d known.

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Photo (Ebony, the author’s female Newfie, 1998-2009) from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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Show It Dogs

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ABOVE: Yes, Ebony, my Newfoundland female (1998-2009) did have a tail! It’s actually hanging to the side, toward the camera, here; look closely.

My contention is solid that a dog’s love of the human race isn’t prompted by his pure breed, or mutthood. Dogs are champions of love. Love the dog; he loves you! It’s simple and unconditional.

However, did you know there is a definite difference in the canine show rings of America and Britain in regards to a dog having the word Champion (Ch) placed with his name?

Britain and America have slightly different rules when it come to naming a dog a show Champion. In Britain, a dog must win three Challenge Certificates in three different shows from three different judges to earn the Champion moniker that precedes his show name.

An American Champion is determined when the dog has accumulated 15 points, earned on a one- to five-point system scale in each show he enters. Only one female and one male in each American show may earn points.

Most breed dogs have a history that led to their name. For instance, the Newfoundland took the name of its original country, Newfoundland. Terrier is the origin of “terra”, which in Latin translates to “earth”. Therefore, the Terrier dog derived his breed name, since he is one who “goes to earth” to hunt prey such as foxes, rabbits, and badgers.

Most Mutthoods, like my current pal, Cee-Cee, just answer to the call, “Hey, you”, and are happy to do it!

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Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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