can, and do think about things that interest them and are far more than simple
response reaction boxes. You can spend your whole life reading dogs
still encounter new language from both old and new
It feels good to know that I have not been entirely
insane when I have felt the same way about dogs, for a long time. My own
observations, that I have not been able to find words for, suggest that the dog
actually can and do change between wild animal behaviour and domesticated
animal behaviour as called for by the
You might for days or weeks live with the dogs in a
non-dramatic environment at home, in the hunting camp, on the city streets and
parks and your dogs behave flawlessly kindly, from a human point of view. You
have started to doubt that they have ever been wild animals, descending from
some Asiatic wolf. You can see how white wings grow out from their back, they
get an angel-like appearance and you start to think that they will sing and play
harp any day now.
Then suddenly two dogs start to fight seriously,
kind of turning into utterly wild animals, forgetting about any human that might
stand by. Their extremely rapid movements, that you hardly can follow with your
eye, and the horrible sounds they make clearly shows how far they now are from
the modern era of the domesticated dog. What you see right now could just as
well happen 1 million years ago. Their behaviour will strongly touch you
instinctively and you too get very exited and upset. The size of the fighting
dogs does not matter the least, it is their unconditional determination to kill
each other that agitate you and instinctively your body prepares to fight
You feel a bit shaken from the sudden change of
their character, fast as lightning, and you may blame yourself for naive
humanization of the dog. You might feel a bit sad when you realise that there
after all is this almost unbreakable wall of iron between you and the animal,
that you so eagerly want to humanize. Most of all the consciousness of your
reaction to the dogs fight will remind you of how close both of you still are to
the stone age era when you two met for the first time and started to fight
together in order to improve your chances to survive.
Once the dogs have been separated they can
calm down and become "civilized" again in a few minutes or even a shorter time,
depending of their temperament. Hence it might be correct to say that the
domestic dog is right now in such a stage of its evolution that it sometimes
falls on one side of the edge, into the far history it came from, while it most
of the time spends its life on the other, modern side, resembling us humans more
that anything else.
The quizz of the day could be: What happens with
the domesticated dog in the next stage of its evolution?
BTW, those who have broadband could check this out.
ADSL will do. http://www.countrychannel.tv/player.php
There are interesting British country sports videos. If it stops working
properly the best way is to close down and restart the entire browser (not the
"Merciful God the Almighty!
Deprive me my common sense
I can at least to some extent
accomplish my commitments as a
the European Union!."