What sort of animal or creature would you be if you had the choice, I think for me, it would have to be a dog, most of whom seem to have a fairly cushy life if they’re lucky.
I believe it was not us who domesticated the wolves but the wolves themselves who moving closer to our homes looking for food became ever more tame until eventually they were eating from our tables, some 33,000 years ago. I’m just judging by our dog who is a giant poodle, who can when he chooses stand upright with his paws on your shoulders and be standing getting on for six feet tall and yet be a docile and loving creature.
“Theo”, to give him his name lives the life of Riley, he sleeps when he wants, especially now he’s getting older and does pretty much anything else he wants, when he wants for he has domesticated all of us in the family.
We are lucky in that we have a large garden in which Theo can run about, play ball, defecate, urinate, or generally mark his territory in any way he feels fit, including some remarkable acrobatics to mark a tree or bush as high up as possible; for the higher the deposit, the further the scent will travel in the wind.
As someone getting a little older I myself always take the opportunity to use the toilet as one is never certain when the chance may come again, so I can sympathise with his desire to mark his territory although I’m glad my efforts don’t require the acrobatics.
I suspect we are not alone in that we treat the dog as a member of the family, he sleeps on the sofa in the kitchen in front of the wood burner, we wouldn’t want him getting cold, after all. He is also in the habit of joining us when we make tea in the morning and take it to drink in bed before getting up. He jumps on the bed and makes himself comfortable and like this morning when we had a lay in watching television or reading, he too remains with us. I don’t think he views himself as a creature, I have a feeling he thinks he is a human being.
Well I have to go now as we are about to eat and Theo will join us sitting by the side of the table waiting for some titbits, which is pretty much where we came into this 33,000 years ago.