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It's hard not to dog-ear the bookshelf when there's so much great literature on dogs. It's amazing to me how many people write, or read, about this fantastic creature. We know dogs have long been the companions of mankind. It would be hard to imagine a relationship that is more rewarding, or one that is more difficult than that between a dog and his owner. However, today we have much to say about the treatment of man's best friend. Here are some facts: Dogs are the first domesticated animals. The ancient Greeks believed that Zeus (the father god) and his wife, Hera, created the first dog. It was said that Zeus made a dog from earth and then threw him to Hera. When the dog approached, Hera threw him a bone. He tried to chew it, but she sent him to heaven for doing this. A similar tale exists in India, but this time Zeus tosses the dog into the clouds and tells Hera that this dog is hers to keep. The Norse have a similar story in which Odin creates his first dog, which he throws into the air to see how long it will remain. He finds out that the dog will stay in the air if he puts it on the back of a giant bird and flies into the sky.
The ancient Egyptians have similar tales. The dog was their best friend, and they used it to help with hunting. They even made it into the shape of a god. In many of these stories, it is said that dogs will fly with their masters if they call. The Roman empire knew this too. This same tale is passed down the ages in different cultures, but it has the same purpose - to let people know that the dog is a faithful friend. Of course, other cultures have their tales of the dog. The Indian, for example, has a dog that can be made into a god. If someone in their village is bitten by a snake, then the village will sacrifice a puppy in order to help the person. If they have trouble in their marriage, then they will send a dog to help the person out. This is all about the dogs ability to be a positive friend.
It's easy to see that dogs are extremely important to people of many different cultures, especially since they have lived by people's sides and become their best friends for so long. They are very important in many of the stories that people have told. The many different tales can be found all over the globe, which lets us know that dogs are friends that do a lot for their owners. We might even say that dogs are gods that become our friends.
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