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You might almost think from all the headlines of maulings and cruelty that dogs and humans were enemies rather than best friends.

But the lives of humans and animals have been intertwined since we first invited their ancestors, the wolves, into our caves.

Today only a few lucky dogs get to do what they were bred to do for centuries: hunt, track, retrieve, guard, herd, pull sleds, and dig out rodents.

Dogs are so eager to please that with training today they have become policemen, medics, guides, teachers, babysitters, service dogs, contraband sniffers, discerning watchdogs, space pioneers, companions and entertainers.

This blog is to celebrate the remarkable, the ordinary, and the very funny dogs that share our world.

My name is Jan. I’m a former college English teacher and writer. I live in northern California with assorted people and animals.