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Author: Erin Schneider | Date: April 8, 2013

My husband and I recently went to London and spent some time at the wonderful British Museum. We were walking through the Greek and Roman section when I saw a sculpture titled “Molossian Hound”.

It immediately caught my attention, because, well, it was a sculpture of a dog.

I was particularly interested after reading the description. “The Molossian hounds were related to the modern mastiff and were famously fierce. They were often used as guard dogs by herdsmen and for household security in cities.” It also mentioned that dogs often wore a collar, not very different from our own dogs. It got me thinking about how these dogs are not all that different from the dogs we share our homes with. Well, except for the “famously fierce” part.

I know dogs have been around for thousands of years, but this sculpture demonstrates how important dogs have been to humans throughout history. The fact that somebody was willing to sculpt their dog into a statue just shows that dogs have always had a special place in our hearts and this dog was somebody’s pet. I don’t know about you, but I think that is very cool to think about.

If you are anything like me, I have pictures of my dog everywhere. I may not be willing to get a sculpture created of her, but I have plenty of proof to show that she is loved.

What ways do you commemorate your dog?


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