Wild Dogs and Kinship Bonds


Wild dogs and early man had a similar evolutionary beginning, neither had the equipment to survive on their own, so they formed close kinship bonds. They nurture these bonds, when one of them is sick they will hunt and eat, then carry the food back to the injured animal. If there are new-born pups at the den, which happens for several months of the year, they will take food back to the Alpha female/ Mom or babysitter who is taking care of the pups. When they wake-up with the sunrise, or stretch after an afternoon nap, they always greet each other. Greeting behavior is common to many animals with social behavior, not only the Painted Hunting Dogs.

We live in a society where self-sufficiency and independence is of great value, over and above nurturing the kinship bonds we share between us as families, communities or social or religious groups. When someone returns home they aren't joyously 'helloed' like we observe in vociferous wild dogs, or trumpeting elephant greetings, in meerkat cuddles or dolphin nudgings. Someone is on the phone, another family member cooking and a third slouches in front of the TV. The returning family member slips in initially unnoticed. Somehow, when someone is there at the door to welcome us the whole experience of feeling wanted and having a sense of belonging in that place is very different.

So, I am sending you greetings and an invitation to greet me back if there is anything you would like to express. I look forward to telling you more about the Painted Hunting Dogs next time….