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Children's LiteratureFor as long as they have been our best friend, dogs have also been working for man. Exactly how long that has been is still debated by many. No one is sure when or even if wolves became today's domesticated dog, but it is certain that in addition to being great companions, dogs are also valuable and dependable workers. This book begins by explaining the evolution of the dog and then moves into exploring the development of various breeds. As dogs eased their way into the lives and homes of humans, people came to rely on them, first for simple tasks like providing protection and companionship. This later evolved into important roles of greater responsibility such as detecting drugs and bombs. The book concludes with a chapter that gives practical advice for the everyday dog owner. Every dog can be perceived as a working dog, we humans just need to acknowledge and appreciate his or her unique and special talents. 2003, Tundra Books, Ages 10 up.