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What Can We Learn From Primitive Dogs? and Dingos

A couple canine articles have come across my Google+ account over the last couple of weeks. One is a strange looking South American wolf. I have seen pictures of these before. There are several canidae species I am interested in South America. Unfortunately one of the most interesting species is located in some very unfriendly territory. But this strange long legged wolf would be worth looking into.

The second dog is one I am more involved with. I ran across an article expanding on and refuting the old hypothesis about the origins of the dingo.

While it is quite interesting I would like to see the entire paper the article is based on. I suspect someday I will need to get my hands on that paper, its content will require a thorough going over.

Taiwanese Dog
Taiwanese Dog

It has always been considered that the Taiwanese dogs where the ancestors of the dingo. Now that this hypothesis is challenged I may need to readjust my world picture a bit. I still think these South East Asian / Australian dogs are related and extremely interesting.

Primitive dogs of South East Asia play a large role in a future nonprofit project I would like to do. The project would be very long term and involve having an ecovillage based on studying and breeding this type of dog. It would be one of my big projects. I expect a large project on this scale will yield valuable results.

A multifaceted project will shed a good deal of light on some interesting questions, not the least of which is how cultural rules change within new economic system. The project design will provide practical information about animal management and the usefulness of different types of dog training.

However, one of the best uses of this project and its research would come from a better understanding of public dog management. A dog centric community could provide useful insight into how we can better manage large dog population in developed and developing countries.

In fact, one of my dream projects from years ago is now being done by a well funded agency and is providing successful results in the area of rabies control.

The information my dog centric ecovillage provided would have a great benefit for developed countries. That is, if policies were put into place from the research it conducted. The savings could add up to billions of dollars and it would be a very good way to project soft power into economically contested developing counties. While I am most interested in South East Asia it would also be beneficial in some parts of Africa.

The savings to developed countries will come from improved public health and safety as well as improved animal control policies. Animal control covers a wide spectrum including population control, taxing dog owners, arresting dog owners, killing dogs, vaccinating dogs, protecting personal property from dogs, etc…

Public health and animal control are the two main driving factors behind the government’s interest in dogs. The pet industry is quite large in the United States, up to 34 billion dollars. While I do not have statistics on the animal control industry it is huge. Some elements of animal control overlap with the pet industry. In this category we will find the small pet rescues and some spay and neuter programs. Other parts of animal control are primarily run by government agencies or quasi government non profits.

With the proper insight we could change a whole host of social mechanisms for the betterment of society. Improvements could be made to taxing dog owners, spay and neuter laws, animal control regulations, and the business of dog rescue (of which I hope to be a part of). To improve how dogs fit into society we would need to change how we view a wide range of social rules. We may need to rethink the rules we have about nature, law, and the cultural norms of the dogs role in society.

I am wishing you the very best in life,
Andrew Ledford
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