This Dog Too / by Alan Strathman

A couple of weeks ago I posted a blog about a dog and in that post mentioned that I had not seen a second dog for a while and I was worried that she had been hurt, or worse.  That other dog finally showed up and now they both eat dinner at my house every night.  Then they hang around inside my house, sniffing anything, chewing everything, and scratching their fleas on my living room floor.

I may have said that both of these dogs live next door.  Every now and then one of their puppies shows up too and she is so cute.  Only the dog pictured here allows me to play with her but I think the other dog is relaxing around me a bit and so I may get to pet her one day. And I would love to pet the puppy eventually.

Two things about dogs here, then some pictures. First, it is quite possible that all the dogs in Laborie had the same two progenitors.  All the dogs look like the one below or the one I showed a couple of weeks ago.

Second, these dogs offer a very telling, and very sad,  example of evolution at work. Puppies are generally very friendly to people.  If, over time though, a dog is abused, it will become skittish and afraid of people.  And dogs who developed those characteristics survived to reproduce, and began to produce digs who had those survival characteristics form birth. Puppies here, then, are born skittish and afraid of people. Very sad, but extremely functional.

Scratching her fleas in my living room.

Scratching her fleas in my living room.

Asleep on my floor.  This does my heart good.

Asleep on my floor.  This does my heart good.