A Man's Best Friend


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                      A Man's Best Friend


It is funny to see how some people hate wolves, but love their pet dogs at the same time. All dogs ascended from wolves! Therefore, dogs and wolves have similar characteristics and habits. For example, why do the creatures from the dog family hang out their tongues when they're panting?

Unlike a human, who has sweating glands all over his body, a wolf only has them on his tongue. So by hanging out his tongue the wolf can help the moisture on his tongue to evaporate (turn into gas).


Most animals whose ancestors or wild animals of the same kind live or lived in packs, (or groups) see a human being as an animal of the same kind of a lower or higher rank. Because of this, before training an animal that obviously loathes men, some trainers would first try to change its opinion of a man.


                           The Dog Family


As with cats, horses, and rodents, all dog-like creatures belong to a certain family - the dog family. It includes wolves, dogs, coyotes, jackals, and foxes of all kinds. All of them have quite similar characteristics, although as much differences, as many of the dog family members live in very different conditions. For instance - the arctic wolf and the dingo.        

Wolves, dogs, foxes, and coyotes even hang their tails while running in different ways. Of course with wolves, it also depends on the animal's rank in the pack, but that is only while travelling. While running, a wolf normally hangs his tail high, a fox hangs it horizontally, and a coyote hangs it down. But still, with a fox, it also depends on how high the animal's spirit is.

With a fox, the tail plays a major role. In winter, or in rainy weather, if a fox is retreating and loses its spirit, and hangs the tail low, the tail gets soaked and slows the fox down, which only draws closer the animal's end.



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