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Articles Archive - History of the Dog

This Archive includes the best of the History of the Dog articles featured on Working Dogs Cyberzine since 1996.
  • German Shepherd dog breeder Janice L. Bartmess reviews the history of DDR (East German) lines and the economic and political pressures that generated the divergence of the characteristic DDR lines from the remainder of the GSD genetic pool in Europe; and how that contributed to the importance of these bloodlines for the viability of the breed today.

  • K9 Soldiers Should Take a Bite Out of Bugs eloquently expresses the history and accomplishments of K9 soldiers in the heat of battle. Renowned anthropologist and author Mary Elizabeth Thurston issues a call for recognition of the war dogs and their boundless courage and remarkable devotion to the servicemen they unconditionally served and loved.

  • A history association in Colorado is looking for old working dog equipment from the '40s and needs your help building their living history display. Can you help?

  • Anthropologist Mary Elizabeth Thurston, well-known author of The Lost History of the Canine Race, publishes her first in our exclusive series of fascinating essays about the history of the dog.

  • Anthropologist Mary Elizabeth Thurston, well-known author of The Lost History of the Canine Race, publishes her second in our exclusive series of brief essays about the fascinating history of the dog, a heartbending story of one soldier's profound love and respect for his military K9 partner.

WWII dog tags reconnect families with soldiers, history
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:58:00 GMT
When 96-year-old Hilding Olson was told his World War II dog tags had been unearthed in an Australian campsite after nearly 70 years in the dust, he was a little shocked. "I didn't even know I had lost them," Olson said Saturday, just a few minutes ...
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'Puppy Eyes' Help Dogs Bond with Humans, Study Suggests
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:23:00 GMT
Partners in evolutionary change The findings may help explain one of the most puzzling stories in human history: how a predatory, fearsome wolf transformed into man's best friend. Kikusui speculated that, at some point early in the domestication of dogs ...
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Feature: Solving the mystery of dog domestication
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:48:00 GMT
"It's very competitive and contentious," says Jean-Denis Vigne, a zooarchaeologist at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, who notes that dogs could shed light on human prehistory and the very nature of domestication. "It's an animal so ...
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Throwback Thursday: 'War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History and Love' describes bravery, science of canines
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 05:35:00 GMT
It's hard to know who to admire more in Rebecca Frankel's "War Dogs" the canines saving soldiers, or the brave military men and women going into combat to save us. As one would expect from the title, there's no shortage of love for man's ...
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Little dog goes on big adventures with BASE jumper Dean Potter
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:34:00 GMT
Military dogs have a history of parachuting from airplanes. Mine-sniffing "paradogs" were used by the British in WWII. Marines parachuted with dogs in Vietnam. But Whisper isn't parachuting out of an airplane. She's BASE jumping, which increases the risk.
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