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.
Disregarding all discomforts and even pain my Chow Chow, Pooh, patrolled our 35 acres of woodland even in the harshest of weather in winter. She refused to come inside during blizzards, although she was severely arthritic. She lived to do her job of guarding. She actually appointed herself as a guardian when she was only 4 months old..We did nothing to training her for such a task. Nor did we ever deny her the pleasures living indoors.
Humans, Dogs, and Civilization
Even in the coldest or wettest weather, and while she was suffering from severe arthritis, Pooh refused to come in to the warmth. What impels a creature to do so much even when she’s suffering? Some winter mornings, my husband had to go lift her out of the snow that she had gotten trapped in during the night. She’d be stuck in a standing position for hours during the freezing night but never once barked for us to come. She was literally “snow-locked,” but, grateful as I presume she was, she just wanted to be deposited on the front porch. She still didn’t want the respite of lying down in front of the fireplace. Her job, apparently as she saw it, was to guard our property and us. Her personal comfort was beside the point.