Happy New Year Everybody!
Most who work have the day off today so might have time to see this lovely nature film about the history of how wolves developed into “Man’s Best Friend”, the domestic dog.
Archeological records suggest that the earliest dogs arose around 20,000 years ago during the time of human hunter-gatherers, not later, during the dawn of agriculture, when dogs protected our harvests and quite literally helped us to build civilizations.
There are about 1 billion dogs on Earth today and all of them, from the tiny Chihuahua to the lumbering St. Bernard are descended from about a dozen Eurasian grey wolves whose distinct species no longer exists and which was not closely related to modern wolves.
Over the millennia, their hunting instincts were transformed into instincts of protection. A dog’s bark is part of the language developed by these domesticated animals to communicate with humans. Wolves do not bark.
We learn the history of popular breeds. Surprisingly, Great Danes were originally developed in Babylonia to hunt boar.
This stunning film takes us all around the world and offers sweeping vistas of Mongolian steppes, French forests and the Kalahari Desert using drone cameras and other innovative mounts that have the viewer moving alongside packs and herds. If you’re a dog lover, you will love this!