I'm a maverick scholar, known for disproving many scientific hypotheses. In this book,. I show that dogs domesticated themselves. They weren't tamed by humans. My conclusions come both from my lifelong experiences with dogs and from cutting edge science in dog studies, a hot topic in academia today. Becsuse I taught science for 40 years, I know how to write it so that it's not dry or stilted in any way. Reviewers have praised it highly as a real page turner.
Ishmael, an Old English Sheepdog, took it upon himself to watch my two youngest sons. Sheepdogs don't just herd. They protect by interfering if the kids did something the dog thought was dangerous. Nobody trained him to do this. It was part of his genetic makeup. He started watching over my sons --and their friends--when he was only 3 months old.
Humans, Dogs, and Civilization
Ishmael, affectionately called Ishie, was a purebred Old English sheepdog with impeccable papers. He was three months old when—like Nana, the dog nursemaid in Peter Pan—he started watching over my toddler, Jeremy. If Jeremy tried to leave the yard, Ishie would grab him by the jacket and pull him back. The dog tolerated my middle son, Danny, playing on the front sidewalk, but not Jeremy. Later, when Jeremy was allowed to play on the front sidewalk, Ishie busied himself dragging both of my younger sons onto the sidewalk if they dared to put so much as a toe in the street.