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Frozen Prehistoric Puppy Is Exceptionally Preserved

Mackenzie Freeman

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Which Ice Age are we in now?   There have been five primary ice ages in the Earth’s history. In an ice age, there is the presence of extensive ice sheets in both the northern and southern hemispheres.  Over two million years ago was the earliest ice age. An ice age continues because the most recent one began almost three million years ago,  The weather does not feel like an ice age because we are in a warmer interglacial period that started to eleven thousand years ago.  The last “Ice Age” was at its peak almost twenty thousand years ago in which the world was colder by about 10 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.44 degrees Celsius), depending upon which part of the world.  Within this interglacial period, prehistoric humans and animals have been unearthed in a frozen state as the Earth warms. 

The first stage of human prehistory, the Paleolithic Age, began with our early ancestors and finished about 10,000 years ago. The human being appeared about five million years ago, with the end of prehistoric human development is said to be about six thousand years ago as marked by the invention of writing.  Along with human development came the emergence of man’s best friend, the dog.

Russian scientists made a remarkable discovery that was found deep in Siberian permafrost that exists in the polar regions throughout the year.  Permafrost provides a thick and frozen below the ground layer of soil.  The discovery is unique in that it was mostly the full remains of a small male puppy.   According to Radiocarbon dating, the puppy remains, which was named Dogor’s, are 18,000 years old and, as such, is considered a .prehistoric fossil that is exceptionally intact.  The puppy fossil has a brown coat, with whiskers, and a full mouth of tiny teeth. It is clear that the taxonomy of the dog is a member of the animal kingdom or Animalia, and the genus is Canis (canines ) and identified with the Carnivora order and the Canidae family. The Russian scientist could not accurately identify the fossil as a Canis familiaris or a domestic dog or a Canis lupus or wolf.   

There is a debate concerning whether the Canis familiaris was Domesticated from wolves.  There is a recent study that suggested that the domesticated dog from the wolf happened only once. The study of dog evolution may give us the definitive answer to what is the specific relationship between the development of the wolf and the dog. Dogs are considered to be the first species to be tamed by humans.  The only way to find the answer is to study the DNA of dog fossils.  Scientists studied ancient DNA withdrawn from 7,000-year-old and 4,700-year-old dog fossils that originated from Germany.  Further, research has revealed that the modern dog evolved from one population that continuously lived for at least one thousand years in Europe.

It is presumed that wolves were domesticated between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago.  The evolutionary theory assumes that the dog was initially domesticated by accident when it followed ancient hunters to eat on their garbage.  Wolves are said to have survived better because they partook in the garbage as well and then passed on their genes.  Scientists found that the 4,700-year-old dog skull was found in a cave next to human remains, 
and a 5,000-year-old Irish dog fossil was found in Asia.

The Asian domesticated fogs then replaced the earliest European dog population, giving credence to complex evolution theory.  However, there are conflicting studies and conclusions between dog geneticists, and the theory that dogs were only domesticated once is still holding water.  But ancient dog DNA is continually being collected to perfect the evolutionary relationship between the dog and the wolf.

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These Incredible Hybrid Dog Breeds Will Have You Ready To Adopt!

Lea Lomas

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If you are considering adding a new pet to your family, you have quite a few options available to you! While some families like purebred pups, and who can blame them, there are so many other breeds to consider. Today, we are going to introduce you to several fascinating hybrid breeds that make great family pets. By the end of our discussion today, you’ll be ready to adopt them all!

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Owner Returns from 6 Months Overseas to the Delight of Adorable Dog

Sherry Rucherman

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Many people have seen the heartwarming videos that get posted of soldiers returning from a tour of duty overseas to the delight of their loving children. These videos are enough to bring tears to the eyes of nearly everyone. In addition to these fantastic videos, the same principle is true with pets as well. Recently, a video was published showing that dogs truly are a man’s best friend. A video was posted recently of a young lieutenant who has stationed overseas in South Korea. When he left, he left behind his wife as well as their young dog. One of this young soldier’s biggest fears was that when he returned, his dog would not remember him. Even though people love their dogs and their dogs are obviously happy to see them, it can be a challenge to get inside the mind of a dog.

This is why this young soldier made time in his busy military schedule to connect with his dog. When the young soldier would FaceTime his wife, he made sure that his dog was around as well. The dog clearly recognized his face and his voice when the dog ran over to the phone. This provided for some heartwarming moments during what was surely a stressful time overseas.

Recently, the young soldier returned home to his family located in Austin, TX. His heart was pounding as he stepped off the plane and rejoined his family. Of course, his wife was waiting with open arms and was excited to see him. Fortunately, there was someone else who was waiting to see him as well. When he started talking, his dog heard his voice. The dog leaped out from around the corner and clearly could not contain his excitement at his owner returning home from more than six months overseas. 

He could be seen jumping up and down because he was so excited to greet this young soldier as he returned home. IN fact, the young soldier ended up being tackled to the floor. The dog spun around in circles. He kept barking. His tail was wagging back and forth as quickly as it possibly could. It was obvious this dog could not believe that his owner had come home. Clearly, they are best friends. Even though the young soldier was unsure of whether or not his dog would remember him, the wife stated that she never had any doubt. It was obvious the dog recognized his owner during the FaceTime videos. Therefore, he would recognize him in-person again as well.

This story serves to highlight the connection that truly exists between dogs and people. Many people think that dogs are just animals; however, there is a true connection there. The love that dogs provide is unconditional. They are very smart creatures with great hearing and a strong sense of smell. They are able to connect with people instantly and do not forget people just because they go away for a few months at a time. The way this dog responded to his owner when he returned home from overseas is evidence of that.

Perhaps this is why people say dogs are a man’s best friend. Perhaps this is why people get so upset when a dog gets hurt, sick, or passes away. People view dogs as members of their family. It was clear that the dog was every bit as excited to see this young soldier return home from his tour of duty as his wife was. It is moments like these that make people appreciate dogs even more.

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Jack- the One-Eyed K-9 Dog for a Day

Mackenzie Freeman

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A 14-year-old unique Parson Russel Terrier named Jack has captured the heart of people everywhere after his story became known online. The one-eyed dog was able to enjoy what may be his final months doing something he always wanted. Jack got to check off another item off of his bucket list, and it was all due to the big hearts and caring hands of the Wilmington Police Department in North Carolina.

A few months ago, Jack, who is showing visible signs of his advanced age, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer in his jaw. Due to his advanced age, the location of the cancer, and the aggressiveness of the disease, surgery or other treatments were not an option. Jeremy Miller and his wife, Jack’s owners.

Understandably were very upset by the news and were devastated at the thought of losing their furry friend. Especially Jeremy as he had adopted Jack when the pooch was just a pup at two years of age.  Jack had lived a long and happy life with the Miller family, and his owners wanted to do all that they could to make sure he lived out the rest of his life in comfort and enjoying every day he had with them. So the couple talked and they decided to create a bucket list for the terminally ill Jack.

In an interview with Inside Edition Jeremey said “We decided to celebrate his life rather than be depressed waiting for him to pass away because of all the years of joy and happiness he’s given us. He’s proving that despite looking down this loaded barrel we call cancer that he too can go out happy and positive rather than sad and scared.”

It did not take long for the local Wilmington Police Department to hear of Jack’s story. In no time at all they decided that they wanted to help Jack and his owners celebrate his long and happy life. They were going to grant one of the bucket list wishes: get to be a K-9 officer for the day. Some of the K-9 officers talked about how touched they were by Jack’s story and how much it made them think back and remember the times with their canine companions as well.  When someone pulled up the actual bucket list, they were excited that there was an easy and special way they could help make Jack’s final days special and memorable.

Jeremy often referred to Jack as his best friend and his wife always told her husband that the tiny dog was his “mini-me”. Jack is now gone but his final months and days were filled with fun and adventure and love. He was a fearless dog despite his size. He never backed down from a challenge, even facing cancer at the end of a long well-lived life. His fight and his story and his courage were a testament to his spirit and continue to serve and inspiration for those who are going through difficult times themselves.

Though Jack is gone, Jeremy and his wife continue to rescue dogs and advocate for dogs who are looking for their fur-ever homes.

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