TH2023 Ep03 Pets in History

Season 2023 – Talk 03 – Pets in History

In Pets in History Alan Freeland tells us a story that starts with the ‘hunter gatherers‘ and ends in the 20th Century.

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Alan considers the effects of domestication on the previously wild animals. Dogs are good when hunting and guarding whilst cats kill the mice that eat the store of grain.

As humans move from hunting to farming the different aspects of these animals become important.

Early images:

We hear of early images of dogs in Saudi Arabia and of the statue of a cat that dates from the 14th to 13th century BCE.

By c 2300 BCE the dogs in the images look similar to many of breeds that we see today. In the same way those of cats dating from c 700 BCE would be familiar to all of us.


We hear how the animals grow close to humans, although remembering all the time that the cat owns us, not the other way round!

Add to this a bit of Noah’s Ark, some patron saints, mystery, witchcraft, the occasional wombat and a rabbit and you have an entertaining and informative hour ahead of you!

Listen to the podcast and hear Alan tell the whole story.

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This is an edited recording of a talk given to the Farnham u3a World History  Group .

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