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Man's Best Friend

Sam Wilkinson

Long ago, before our four legged best friends were catching tennis balls or fetching sticks, the dogs ancestors were wild and fierce animals.

A famous story of how man and dog became so close has just come out as a new drama film.

It goes that Europe was a cold and dangerous place 20,000 years ago when a film’s hero, a young hunter named Keda, is injured and left for dead.

Fighting to survive, he forgoes killing an injured wolf and instead befriends the animal, forging an unlikely partnership that—according to the film—launches our long and intimate bond with dogs.

Anthropologist, Brian Hare says “The domestication of dogs was one of the most extraordinary events in human history,”

We may never know the full true story of how humans and dogs became friends and could live together, but I think we can all agree that we are thankful for however it happened.