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...... ewe humans crave the companionship of other species !!...Why's that then ?
Humans have been pet lovers for centuries.
I assume our symbiotic relationship with animals began as teaching "Working animals". Horses for carrying stuff quickly.Cows for milk, meat, and carrying stuff slowly (horses are also milked, and sometimes eaten in some cultures).Dogs for protection, vigilance, and herding animals.Cats... as mousers. etc.Those animals that showed the most affection to humans likely received better care, were fed, bred, and reproduced more. Likewise, providing food and affection to one's pet helps keep them around... thus, in the case of cats, fewer mice around the house, and better health for the owner.
Quote from: neilep on 15/09/2011 21:23:01...... ewe humans crave the companionship of other species !!...Why's that then ?'Cause sometimes our own species can be a right pain in the ass.BTW, I think the first domesticated animal was the pig; and I'm not talkin' 'bout the mother-in-law?
get some fleas on the cat & test the power of the laplove
Humans have been pet lovers for centuries. Often pets are like surrogate children. We see so much of our own behavior in them. They have children like us, show affection like we do, are playful, are great companions, which is why it is very easy for a bond of affection to develop between pet owners and their pets. Pets become almost like family members and pet owners experience genuine grief when their pets die. It's all about loving and being able to take care of another living creature.
Quote from: vernahll2 on 23/09/2011 05:38:32Humans have been pet lovers for centuries.I suppose it would be hard to tell when "pet lovers" began. about-dot-com has a number of articles about the history of animal domestication.. Cats have been depicted in Egyptian Art for thousands of years, and the domestication was likely earlier. Many estimates are around 10,000 years, but some DNA evidence indicate as long as 160,000 years ago. http://archaeology.about.com/od/domestications/qt/cat.htmhttp://cats.about.com/od/societyandcats/a/thecat.htmDog domestication estimates are around 10,000 to 30,000 years ago, with DNA evidence pointing to as early as 100,000 years ago. http://archaeology.about.com/od/domestications/qt/dogs.htmThis means that the domestication of cats and dogs could have been as early as the distinction of homo sapiens from other hominids. I believe canine bones have been found in conjunction with other hominid sub-species, however, it is unclear if they were companions or prey. I would assume careful evaluation for tool-marks on the bones might help make that distinction.Whether ancient pets were working animals, or companions, or both would be difficult to determine. The archeology in Cyprus indicates that in at least one case, a cat was purposefully buried with a human over 9,000 years ago (see about-dot-com articles above).Some indications are that cats would have been domesticated around the time grain was domesticated, and rats and mice would have become nuisances.
By comparison pets make us look bright. (our definition, not theirs)
Thank ewe very much vernahll2 for your response (and welcome to the site) ...having recently lost a pet I can vouch for all experiences and emotions ewe have mentioned.
Quote from: neilep on 25/09/2011 11:08:11Thank ewe very much vernahll2 for your response (and welcome to the site) ...having recently lost a pet I can vouch for all experiences and emotions ewe have mentioned.Me too Had to put our cat down a week ago - not nice! [:-'(]<oops! - manage to modify rather than quote ya earlier msg. Sorry!>