We continue discussing “The Dog” with this discussion of the faithful dog.
In Part IV we discussed dogs used in the chase of prey, or the hunting dog. We continue Chapter 1 of the book with some stories about the faithful dog, being true to their master, even when separated by time or death.
The hunting dog shows up late in the history of the dog.
In Part III, we discussed how the dog was treated and referenced in both ancient mythology and in the Bible. While revered in Egyptian mythology, the Bible appeared to be less kind, even lumping the dog in with other unclean beasts. This really was not as bad as it sounded, though, since unclean really referred to not eating them.
There are many references to the dog in myth as well as in the bible.
In Part II, we discussed the similarities between the dog and the wolf, and concluded that there was a high probability that the dog was a descendent of the wolf. This was based more on the basis of the ability to cross-breed the two species, but not on scientific evidence. Today, there is much more that science can do to either prove or disprove the theory, but that is for another post!