Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Mystery of the Dog by Ernest Bell 1917

The Mystery of the Dog by Ernest Bell 1917

THE dog has long been a mystery to us.

Why does he of all animals desert his own kind and attach himself to man, and this not in any one country or at any particular period or time?

From the earliest prehistoric ages where traces have been found of man there also have been signs that he has been accompanied by his dog, and it is the same in all parts of the globe, from the North to the South Pole.

Creatures so different as the tiny griffon, whom you can hold in the palm of your hand. and the huge boar-hound (Great Dane), four feet high, have this same characteristic, that they live with man and adopt him as their master or god. We think there must be some meaning, unknown to us, behind this, and we have sometimes wondered whether it may be that the soul of the dog may need communion with the human soul in order to forward its development and work out its destiny.

But lately we have wondered whether it may not be the other way about — whether the dog is not there in order that men, with their temptation to forget all else in their material lives, may not always have before them an example of unselfish devotion, boundless love, and unswerving faith.

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