Dog Days of History: The Incredible Story of Our Best Friends

Dog Days of History: The Incredible Story of Our Best Friends

by Sarah Albee


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Kids will be swept across world history as they learn the hilarious, fascinating, and complete story of man's best friend, from the first domesticated dogs, to the massive mastiffs that came over with Christopher Columbus on his voyage to the New World, to the pampered pooches of kings and queens, to hero dogs like Sergeant Stubby.

What is it we love about dogs so much? From ancient times to the present, dogs have guarded us, worked with us, marched off to war with us, and of course, just sat on the couch with us for a cuddle. Throughout the course of human history, this partnership deepened from dogs doing a service into friendship. Dogs have been by our side through it all, and this book tracks our common story from wild wolves in ancient civilizations to modern-day breeds, highlighting famous pooches of the past and present along the way. You'll chuckle through the ages as you catch up with the wonders of man's best friend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426329715
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 451,563
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

SARAH ALBEE is the author of dozens of children's books, including Bugged and Poop Happened (NYT best sellers) and Why'd They Wear That, a Eureka! book award-winner. She blogs daily on a variety of science and social history topics geared toward middle-grade readers ( She spent nine years as an editor at Children's Television Workshop, working primarily for Sesame Street and attending both the Bologna and Frankfurt Book Fairs.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 Barking Up the Family Tree

From Wolf to Dog 8

Chapter 2 No Bone Unturned

Dogs in the Ancient World 16

Chapter 3 Mastiffs, Mutts, and Mad Dogs

Dogs in the Middle Ages 30

Chapter 4 Tough Times, Ruff Times

Dogs of the Renaissance 38

Chapter 5 Englightenment Dogs

The 17th and 18th Centuries 46

Chapter 6 Who Let the Dogs In?

The 19th Century 60

Chapter 7 Ad Dogs, Glad Dogs, Sad Dogs, and Fad Dogs

The Early 20th Century 74

Chapter 8 War Dogs and Cold War Dogs

Moving Into Modern Times 86

Chapter 9 Nice Work

Present-Day Dogs, Future Challenges 94

Afterword 100

Do Owners Look Like Their Dogs? 101

How Do Dogs in Other Countries Say Bow-wow? 102

A Note About the Research 102

Author's Note 103

Select Bibliography 104

Rufferences 107

To Dig Up More Sources 108

To Sniff Out Places to Visit 108

Index 109

Illustration Credits 111

Credits 112

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