FIRST DOG ON EARTH

FIRST
DOG
ON
EARTH

The greatest love story the world has ever known. The never-ending love between humans and dogs. This is how it all began.

First Dog on Earth, by Irv Weinberg, available now in print and audiobook.

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The critics agree:

Inventive and engaging, full of drama ...
plus a few tears.

A debut novel that offers a charmingly imaginative, poignant prehistoric adventure in which one unique wolf and an intuitive tribal elder form a fateful bond.

When Oomha and his littermates were born, his mother knew they were different, which put them in danger of being mercilessly killed by the pack’s alpha male (an outmoded view of wolf behavior). As they grew, their “bodies stayed smaller and sleeker. Their eyes looked larger and closer together. Their behavior was more trusting and tamer, more curious and playful, more approachable and affectionate. And they were smarter by far than any of the other pups around them.” Hoping for the best, she leads them into the woods and abandons them to their own devices. Oomha becomes the litter-pack leader. One day, he picks up a new and unidentifiable smell. When he investigates, he discovers the strangest animals he has ever seen, ones that walk upright on their “back paws.” He moves in closer and settles down to study these creatures as they sit by their campsite fire. This is when he notices Ish, an old hunter with only one usable eye. Ish, once the tribal leader, can no longer run with the younger hunters, but he is wise and alert. He sees the red flash of Oomha’s eyes. Man and wolf make their first connection: “something [passed] between them.” Weinberg tells a tale not only of the intense human/dog relationship, but also of the progression of human skills. And he achieves this through the creation of three finely drawn characters—Oomha, Ish, and Lut, the beautiful, young, and mystical Medicine Woman who falls in love with Ish. Through the gifts he receives from Oomha, Ish leads the clan to unrivalled success. Centuries of human development are compressed into a few years through Weinberg’s vignettes depicting inspirational moments experienced by Ish or Lut that lead to such concepts as herding goats and planting crops. But Oomha is the star of the narrative. It is his kind, protective soul that readers will carry with them beyond the final page.

Inventive and engaging, full of drama, plus a few tears.

Loaded with ingenious ideas regarding, not only how and when the first canine appeared, but also things like how salt may have materialized in the life of ancient Man–FIRST DOG ON EARTH by Irv Weinberg is as artistically original as it is a fun read.

Synopsis:
Irv Weinberg’s FIRST DOG ON EARTH is an inventive look at the tribes of mankind as they evolve during prehistoric times, in which the first domesticated dog appears.

Origin stories that reveal where beloved creatures and characters initially came from are all the rage these days, and FIRST DOG ON EARTH by Irv Weinberg is an especially good and unusual origin story. Who wouldn’t want to spend time imagining when and how what was perhaps to become humankind’s best friend in canine form first appeared?

This enchanting tale opens with images reminiscent of the Chauvet Cave famed prehistoric cave paintings from 30,000 or more years ago that were discovered in Southern France and include primitive boy-and-dog footprints forever immortalized on the floor of that location. It is from these that Weinberg imaginatively builds the story of Oohma, the first unusual wolf that chose to befriend man. For some reason Oohma and the rest of his litter came out of their mother’s womb different than previous litters. The pups were smaller, sleeker, more curious and more playful than most wolves the world had ever known. And with Oohma leading the way, once he and his siblings leave the nest, the pack finds itself eventually coming into contact with and interested in the most curious of creatures: removable-skin-wearing two-leggeds. Generally, the plot unfolds as if the details provided could be exactly what transpired in the lives of Oohma, the first dog, along with old one-eyed caveman Ish, medicine woman Nuun, her only daughter and protege, Lut, and brutish clan leader, Hun, as daily life was lived back when civilization was still making awesome discoveries, such as how to fashion drums or a bow and arrow.

Every now and then, however, there are notable exceptions where the logical outlay of plot falters. For instance, when Oohma stumbles into a substance that can hold its own shape and he isn’t able to shake off the layers the way he would with regular water or mud. Lut’s enthusiasm over this discovery of what turns out to be clay which can be made into pots is understandable, but readers who care about the health and happiness of canine companions may find themselves wondering and worrying how these long-ago humans safely removed the matter now caked on Oohma’s fur, since this part of the adventure is not given adequate attention. Overall though, this is a most marvelous book.

Loaded with ingenious ideas regarding, not only how and when the first canine appeared, but also things like how salt may have materialized in the life of ancient Man–FIRST DOG ON EARTH by Irv Weinberg is as artistically original as it is a fun read.

~C.S. Holmes for IndieReader

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An Original Story, Beautifully Told

“As I write this review, my dog Peaches sits by my side, her warm furry body resting on my foot. I feel the loyalty, I embrace the love. But where did this extraordinary man/dog connection come from? In this highly original novel, Irv Weinberg takes us back to the primal beginnings when a wolf and a man first conquered fear, tribal jealousy and a cold angry world – and learned to trust, protect, and love one another. The story is fresh, original and a great read.”
Howie Cohen, Author, Advertising Creative Director, Clio Hall of Fame

An Original Story, Beautifully Told

“As I write this review, my dog Peaches sits by my side, her warm furry body resting on my foot. I feel the loyalty, I embrace the love. But where did this extraordinary man/dog connection come from? In this highly original novel, Irv Weinberg takes us back to the primal beginnings when a wolf and a man first conquered fear, tribal jealousy and a cold angry world – and learned to trust, protect, and love one another. The story is fresh, original and a great read.”
Howie Cohen, Author, Advertising Creative Director, Clio Hall of Fame