It’s hard to imagine when you look at the range of dogs between a Chihuahua and a Bull Mastiff that once there was only Oohma and his pack. Then the Abuwtiyuw came along, what scientists say was the first or one of the first distinctive dog breeds. They were the royal guard dogs of ancient Egypt’s sixth dynasty. A mummified Abuwtiyuw was discovered ritually buried in the Gaza Necropolis. The Egyptians like the Persians revered dogs as gifts of the Gods and they were right.
What other creature has come so far into our lives. Today there are well over 300 breeds created with our help to serve our needs. But dogs know what we really need and that’s love. Just watch your dog when you’re sad, sick or lost. Watch how they know what you need. Once they hunted and herded sheep, now they can sniff out Covid and cancer. I tried to tell the story of how this remarkable love affair and interdependence came about in First Dog on Earth. I am still awed when I think of what that first moment, that first touch, that first lick must have been like. Clearly things went well because everywhere you look people are there loving their dogs.