How Dogs Became Our Best Friends

September 29, 2014

Take a deep breath! It’s Monday and although the weekend might be over, we’ve got tons of great blog posts lined up. Like this one! Dogs have been man’s best friend since we can remember, but where did it all start? We found a great infographic that explains the whole thing, starting back with the ancient ancestors of dogs – wolves! This is going to be great!

You call them “man’s best friend”, your parents call them “man’s best friend” and even your neighbor from the U.K calls them “man’s best friend”, but where did it all start? Let’s take a trip back to 1870 Warrensburg, Missouri. U.S politician George Graham Vest stands in a courtroom and makes the following statement:
“The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.”
Vest was representing a farmer whose dog Old Drum was shot by a neighbor. The farmer was rightfully sueing the neighbor for damages. The phrase “man’s best friend” was later used a shortened version of Vest’s statement and we’ve been using it ever since!

The great thing about dogs is that they’re not humans. They’re loyal, they make you laugh, they offer unconditional love and protection, they’re great companions and in some cases they can even benefit your health by making sure you exercise (all those long walkies) and bringing joy and light to your life.
Now enough chit-chat! It’s time to learn about how dogs became man’s best friend all the way back when they were wolves. I’m super excited for this:

Thanks to for the great infographic! What topic do you want us to discuss next week? Let us know in the comments below!

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