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Link: Burial Sites Show That Dogs Were Hunting Companions Thousands Of Years Ago

by Lori Hehn - September 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM
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Prehistoric Japanese graves provide best evidence yet that dogs were our ancient hunting companions.

quotesVTP-SuccessfulBlue.jpg"Starting about 9000 years ago, the Honshu Jōmon began to bury their canine companions in shell middens—huge piles of seashells where they also typically interred their human dead. Like people, the dogs (which may have resembled Shiba Inus) were placed singly and appear to have been arranged in particular postures. “They looked like they curled up and went to sleep,” Perri says. Some had suffered what appeared to be hunting injuries—broken legs and teeth—and many of their bones had healed, suggesting people had taken care of them. Some were also found with grave goods, like shell bracelets and deer antlers. “They were treating their dogs the same way they treated their human hunters,” she says."

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Dr. Hehn's Take

This article is worth a read. It is amazing to learn about archaeological findings like this and see that even thousands of years ago, dogs were still loved as they are today. Perhaps not in the same ways as they are our pets now, but nonetheless,  very loyal companions who were respected in life, and greatly missed at their death.

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About Lori Hehn

Lori Hehn is a practicing veterinarian and a contributor and content manager with XPrep Learning Solutions. She has a drive for continual learning and enjoys interacting with veterinary and vet tech students. She also writes veterinary learning books for children.

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