The Lost History of the Canine Race: Our 15,000-Year Love Affair With Dogs

by Mary Elizabeth Thurston | Pets & Animals |
ISBN: 0380730499 Global Overview for this book
Registered by collectorkerri of Springfield, Illinois USA on 1/13/2006
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by collectorkerri from Springfield, Illinois USA on Friday, January 13, 2006
I work at a pet trade magazine where we get lots of animal-related books to review. This is one I got to bring home.

Journal Entry 2 by collectorkerri at Springfield, Illinois USA on Thursday, May 09, 2013
I quite enjoyed this fascinating history of dogs' relationships with people. I learned a lot and didn't find it to be boring at all. It's now on its way to Erishkigal, who chose it from the Nonfiction Virtual Bookbox.

Journal Entry 3 by erishkigal at Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Mea maxima culpa! I am so sorry, coolectorkerri, that I didn't journal this when it arrived!
Looking at when you sent it, I was probably in techs for "La Cage" (Techs are insane, and commonly known as "Hell Week"), so I can understand my not getting it till after opening. But there is no excuse for forgetting and not journalling once the show was up. I grovel before you in abject apology.....

And were I to immediately journal books after reading, instead of staking them till I get a round tuit, I would then have realized a good month sooner. 'Cause this book did not wait it's turn on Mt Tbr, but instead jumped to the head of the Non-fiction line. ( I usually have an NF and a F going simultaneously).

I read this over the summer, and really enjoyed it. And learned a lot. I was totally blown away by the author's research into human-canine history. Which was often difficult digging.
For example, while we all know cats were(are?) considered the familiars of witches, evil incarnate, and oft burned with them, I, for one, had absolutely no idea the same was true of dog companions!

I found the evolution of breeds to be quite interesting, and as was intrigued (and sometimes appalled) by the sociological class distinctions. Altogether, a fascinating book :)

Journal Entry 4 by erishkigal at Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (12/11/2013 UTC) at Salt Lake City, Utah USA


This captivating book is heading out in my Wild Thing bookbox, seeking it's next reader.

Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, March 29, 2014
This looks quite fascinating, so I'm taking it from the WILD THINGS bookbox. Many thanks! (And I'm tickled to see that I'm not the only one who's been moving along some of the "senior" books from Mount TBR!)

Later: Lots of fascinating information here, including some excellent points about the scarcity of information on early contact between dogs and humans due to careless or selective archaeology. Even allowing for that, it's clear that the domestication process of dogs began long before that of any other animals. (This book's a bit dated, and refers to genome-testing as still in progress; more recent research supports the premise, though.)

I enjoyed reading about various types of dogs in antiquity, especially in Egypt, which I usually associate with cats rather than dogs. Anubis is described here as a dog-headed god, while I'd always thought of him as jackal-headed; the distinction, between a domestic dog and a wild one, seems significant. But other illustrations clearly show domestic dogs used in hunting scenes, and they were clearly a valued part of Egyptian culture.

The path by which dogs began to be bred for appearance rather than functionality began farther back than I'd imagined, with the Pekingese being very possibly one of the oldest distinct breeds of dog.

Some of the working breeds haven't fared as well as the pet/companion breeds - those poor turnspit dogs! - but I enjoyed learning more about their history. And I was totally surprised to learn of "canoe dogs", small dogs living among certain Native American tribes.

The section on dogs in wartime was both heart-warming and tragic. (I recently read a graphic novel called Dogs of War which presented fictionalized stories of war-dogs in WWI, WWII, and Vietnam, based on real-life situations.)

This book even goes into the changing place of dogs in the world of consumerism, with new emphasis on advertising of pet foods, toys, and other accessories.

Journal Entry 6 by wingGoryDetailswing at -- Airports and Planes in Houston, Texas USA on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Released 4 yrs ago (4/10/2014 UTC) at -- Airports and Planes in Houston, Texas USA


I plan to leave this book on a bench at the rental-car facility of the airport at around 3 or so; hope the finder enjoys it!

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