All the Species in My Yard

yup-all of them, great AND small

The superfriend: the family dog August 25, 2009

Filed under: Mammals — Martin John Brown @ 3:12 pm
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I’ve never met a person that was not obsessed with social status in one way or another; each of us is constantly checking the way that certain other monkeys humans are reacting to the things we’ve said, ways we’ve walked, pieces of clothing we’ve sported, and so on. Oh sure, maybe you’re not concerned about what some people think of you. But there’s somebody out there who you show off for, suck up to, etc. Some pack you are always jostling for position in.

I’m not saying people are superficial — this is simply the way we’re built as social animals. It takes another social animal to give us a respite.

photo by me

photo by me

photo by me

photo by me

Notice the palpable quiet in these photos.  Historically dogs have the most wonderful and amazing symbiosis with people — serving as guards, pest control, hunting companions, besides being vectors for other pests themselves — but their most amazing ability in this day and age might be not talking, not tweeting, not blogging, not judging you for much of anything other than whether you have a piece of Virginia ham in your hand.  And for such a friend, yes, I do have that ham.

 

 
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