Can Dogs Sense Pregnancy and Other Medical Marvels?
In the beginning of time, there was no such thing as human life. There were only animals. Animals lived their lives, did what they had to do to survive, and died. They didn’t have feelings or emotions like us humans do. Humans developed from these simple creatures into what we are today. Nowadays, it’s not just animals that live longer than humans; some species of plants even outlive us!
What does all this mean? Does it mean that our existence is somehow special? Is it because we’re smarter than other animals, or better at surviving in the wild, or something else entirely?
But let’s look at things another way: why do most mammals die young? Why don’t birds and fish live long enough to reproduce themselves and pass on their genes to future generations of offspring? Wouldn’t that solve so many problems for them?
Well, apparently not. If anything, it makes things worse. Because mammals need to lay eggs every once in awhile, they have to keep those eggs alive until they hatch. Birds and fish don’t have that problem.
So why aren’t mammals dying off?
The answer lies with us humans. Humans are different from other animals in one very important way: we can reproduce! That’s right, I’m talking about YOU! You see, when you think about it, reproduction is pretty basic stuff. All you need is two of whatever that there is, and voila! You’ve got yourself one more of whatever that there is! We can’t just leave it at that, though. If we did, we’d have a pretty chaotic world on our hands. So, in order to keep such things in check, we have rules. Rules like:
A person can’t reproduce with anyone they want to. There has to be some degree of genetic connection (or something like that).
There has to be some sort of commitment. You can’t reproduce with just anyone on a whim.
Most importantly, there has to be some time in between each child. If we all just had babies one right after another, we’d quickly overrun the planet!
These rules are pretty important. They keep us from going extinct. Of course, these rules aren’t written in stone. They’re more like, um…
guidelines? Yeah, guidelines. We don’t always pay attention to them, but when we do, it makes things a lot easier.
But I’m getting off topic now. Let’s get back to the canines. The ancestors of our domesticated dogs were wolves. There are still wolves in some parts of the world, and the same rules apply to them as they do to other mammals.
Sure, there might be more than one male wolf wandering around a “pack” of wolves. But only the leader of the pack gets to breed. This prevents half-brothers and sisters from breeding with one another and weakening the pack. It also prevents packs from uniting into larger packs, because there won’t be any close family ties between unrelated wolves.
Now… the ancestors of our domesticated canines were originally taken from the wild and kept as pets. Eventually, some of these canines bred with other canines that weren’t their siblings or close relatives.
But they still bred them, because hey, who are we to tell them that they can’t?
The rules of nature aren’t in full effect here for one reason: humans have tamed these creatures! Instead of following the rules of nature, the dogs have been slowly changing to suit us humans. Wolves that became obedient pets were bred, while the ones that remained wild or aggressive were killed. In other words, those that suited human needs best were the ones to be bred from.
That’s why you’ll almost never find an animal more attached to its owner than a dog. These tame canines have lost most of their wild instincts and tend to be less aggressive, instead relying on humans for survival. Because of this, dogs have become completely dependent on humans.
Sources & references used in this article:
- The two-headed boy, and other medical marvels (J Bondeson – 2000 – books.google.com)
- Disembodying women: Perspectives on pregnancy and the unborn (B Duden – 1993 – books.google.com)
- On monsters and marvels (A Paré – 1983 – books.google.com)
- Of monkey girls and a hog-faced gentlewoman: marvel in fairy tales, fairgrounds, and cabinets of curiosities (COK Aptowicz – 2015 – Penguin)
- Biotechnology unzipped: Promises and realities (KA Hoffmann – Marvels & Tales, 2005 – JSTOR)
- Pregnant Fictions: Childbirth and the Fairy Tale in Early-Modern France (ES Grace – 2006 – books.google.com)
- Gender, Pregnancy and Power in Eighteenth-Century Literature: The Maternal Imagination (H Tucker – 2003 – books.google.com)