It was in an 1869 Missouri courtroom that the term, “Man’s best friend” was originally coined in reference to dogs. Over the last 15,000 years dogs have evolved to be co-dependent with humans, developing uncanny skills that have made them invaluable to the human species. In return, all dogs ask for is to be fed on a relatively consistent basis, and maybe if they’re lucky get the occasional life affirming head pat or belly rub.
Now, no one is trying to make the argument that dogs are the best animal, but what is irrefutable is that dog’s are one of the best animals for mankind, and here are just few reasons why:
- Dogs are one of the only animals capable of reading human faces. Dogs read human faces from left to right the same way that humans do. This accounts for why dogs appear to be very attuned to their master’s present disposition.
- Dogs are one of the only animals that can accurately follow the simple pointing of a human’s index finger. This is an evolution that has helped dogs assist in hunts and searches of all sorts for thousands of years.
- Dogs desire to please their masters. Dogs can be trained to take direction and perform tasks that man is sometimes unwilling or unable to do.
- Since the first developments of agriculture near 11,000 years ago, many breeds of dogs are genetically inclined towards the herding of sheep and other creatures. A habit that has been invaluable to shepherds and farmers.
- Dogs have an incredible sense of smell. Canines can smell 100,000 times better than humans and can smell things up to 40 feet underground. This extr aordinary talent makes them extremely valuable to police and armed forces. Through training, dogs can be taught to detect scents such as explosives, people, termites, other animals, etc.
Roger Caras, author of A Celebration of Dogs says it best, “Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.” Do you consider your dog to be your best friend?