PREFACE

In the spring of 1994, a team of cave explorers stumbled into the find of a lifetime. A treasure trove of prehistoric art painted onto the walls of Chauvet Cave in Southern France. These now famous paintings, dating back more than 30,000 years, are considered to be among the world’s greatest works of art.

But just as astonishing as the art on the walls was what they found on the cave’s floor. A fossilized trail of footprints, left behind by a small boy and his dog that stretched on for more than 150 feet.

The relaxed shapes of their footprints tell a story of the trust, care and affection these two must have shared as they walked calmly together into the darkness of the cave.

The companionship and love between humans and dogs. It’s a tale as old as time. A tale every person who has ever had the privilege to love and be loved by a dog can understand. This is the story of that first dog that consciously left the company of wolves and joined the family of man. 

SYNOPSIS

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At the dawn of civilization, a wolf dog befriends an old hunter and revives his alpha powers among his human tribe. Together with the animal’s pack, they discover a new way of life—a shared odyssey of survival and trust that grows into the most successful partnership the Earth has ever known, changing dogs and humans forever.

At the dawn of civilization, a wolf dog befriends an old hunter and revives his alpha powers among his human tribe. Together with the animal’s pack, they discover a new way of life—a shared odyssey of survival and trust that grows into the most successful partnership the Earth has ever known, changing dogs and humans forever.

The pack led by Oohma encounters the first humans they have ever seen—Ish the old hunter, Lut the gifted young medicine woman and Hun the brutal tribe leader whose jealousy forces him out of the tribe.

The pack led by Oohma encounters the first humans they have ever seen—Ish the old hunter, Lut the gifted young medicine woman and Hun the brutal tribe leader whose jealousy forces him out of the tribe.

This is the poetic story of how civilization progresses all because of the abilities the dogs bring the tribe. Set against the ancient Chauvet Cave in France with its remarkable cave art and the footprints of a small boy and his dog as they walk together side by side as companions not prey.

This is the poetic story of how civilization progresses all because of the abilities the dogs bring the tribe. Set against the ancient Chauvet Cave in France with its remarkable cave art and the footprints of a small boy and his dog as they walk together side by side as companions not prey.

How does the greatest love story in history begin?

With a leap into the unknown, as told in First Dog on Earth.