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Designed As a Companion

Genesis 9:2a: "And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air...."

When God told Noah that man could now eat meat after the Flood, He filled animals with a natural fear of man. However, apparently He did not place that fear in a few animals, like the domestic dog.

It appears that the dog has been man's best friend since at least post-Flood times. Researchers recently tested whether border collies were intelligent enough to fetch an unseen item in another room simply by being shown a picture or model of it. Chimps and dolphins had been tested on this ability but were proven unable to do it. Both collies trained to fetch and those who were not trained were tested in their own homes. Eight toys they were to fetch were in a second room. Then the dogs were shown either an exact copy of what they were to fetch, a model of it, or a photograph and were told, "bring it here." All easily retrieved their toy after being shown a model if it. Trained dogs did well when shown an exact copy, but the untrained dogs needed some practice with this task. Some dogs were even able to fetch a toy when shown a full-sized photograph of it.

Not only does the domestic dog naturally not fear us, many of them can relate to us in a way that they can help us.

Prayer: Father, thank You for those animals which can be companions and even help us. Amen.

Notes: Science News Online, 3-21-09, Bruce Bower, "Dogs Show a fetching Communication Savvy."

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