Today is National Dog Day. The dog is the oldest domesticated species. Archaeologists have found remains of dogs buried alongside people almost 15,000 years ago, and dogs may have been domesticated as long as 30,000 years ago. Dogs have been trained and bred to do a variety of jobs -- hunting, herding, detecting drugs or explosives, guiding the blind. The first animal to orbit the Earth was Laika, a stray rescued from the streets of Moscow. We celebrate "man's best friend" with three dog-related items from our collection.
|In How the Dog Became the Dog, Mark Derr tells the storyof how our ancestors and wolves evolved into modern man and dog, and how the relationship between the two evolved with them. The dog's transformation from wild beast to domesticated pet, Derr argues, was almost inevitable given the similarity between the two species; both are social animals, highly adaptable, and capable of developing many skills. How the Dog Became the Dog is available as an e-book at OverDrive.|
|The trusting and friendly nature of dogs has made them valuable assets in a variety of educational and therapeutic projects. Some libraries, for instance, have begun offering "read to a dog" story times for children; having a non-judgmental listener often encourages reluctant readers and helps them to develop their skills. The documentary Dogs on the Inside focuses on a program in which abused dogs are cared for by prison inmates; the dogs re-learn their trust in people, and the prisoners develop confidence and prepare for life after prison. Dogs on the Inside is available for streaming at Kanopy.|
|Spencer Quinn's "Chet and Bernie" mystery series is narrated by Chet, the canine assistant to private investigator Bernie. The first volume in the series, Dog On It, finds the team searching for a missing teenage girl. Dog On It is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.|