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Lassie – A Rough Collie Named Pal

Lassie Come Home - Pal

Lassie is a fictional canine created by English author Eric Mowbray Knight (1897-1943) in 1938 for a short story in The Saturday Evening Post titled Lassie Come-Home that was expanded and published as a full-length novel in 1940. Knight wrote the short story and novel on his farm in Pennsylvania. …

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The Molossus – The Dog That Conquered The World

The Molossus

“Cry ‘Havoc!,’ and let slip the dogs of war,” said Marc Antony in William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar. During the era of Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire, those dogs of war were the Molossus. The Molossus (Greek: Μολοσσὸς) was a fearless and ferocious breed named after the grandson of …

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Rin Tin Tin – German Shepherd Superstar

Rin Tin Tin -1929

Rin Tin Tin was a male German Shepherd rescued during World War One that appeared in more than 25 Hollywood movies and became an international sensation. Following the Battle of Saint-Mihiel in north-eastern France, Corporal Lee Duncan, an aerial gunner of the U.S. Army Air Service, was sent on September …

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History of the Dog or How The Wolf Became Man’s Best Friend

History of the Dog

The dog is truly man’s best friend. But how did it happen? In 2015, Swedish geneticist Pontus Skoglund published a study in the journal Current Biology about the discovery and findings of a 35,000-year-old Siberian wolf bone. He concluded that canine domestication occurred 27,000 to 40,000 years ago. Wolves followed …

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