Excerpt from Aubry’s Dog

May 21st, 2018 | By | Category: Book News, Books, Books for Pagans

Aubry’s Dog, by Melusine Draco, is a practical and essential guide to using canine magical energies.

Aubry of Montdidier was murdered in 1371, in the forest of Bondy. His dog, Dragon, showed a most unusual hatred to a man named
Richard of Macaire, always snarling and ready to fly at his throat
whenever he appeared. Suspicion was excited, and Richard of Macaire was condemned to a judicial combat with the dog. He was
killed, and in his dying moments confessed the crime. A picture of the combat was for many years preserved in the castle of Montargis.
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Dogs and man became companions a long time ago, and the dog adopted as a power animal represents speed, agility, courage, protection, justice, nobility and loyalty.

Cave drawings from the Palaeolithic era include hunting scenes in which the crude form of a canine appears alongside the huntsmen – one of these drawings is estimated to be 50,000 years old – although the Encyclopaedia Britannica raises the question of whether the figures pictured can rightfully be called dogs. From bones discovered in caves, burial grounds and lake dwellings, however, it can be proven that dogs have co-existed with man since the New Stone Age, because bones found among rubbish accumulated around human dwellings have the marks on them that a dog will leave when it is left in peace to worry them.

And the ‘power of the dog’ does not diminish with size or modern selective breeding. Research by the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, has revealed that all modern dogs – from the tiniest Chihuahua to the biggest St Bernard – originate from a small number of female wolves living in East Asia at least 15,000 years ago. Scientists made the discovery after analysing DNA of 500 different breeds from all over the world, and concluded that domesticated dogs first entered Europe and the New World from Asia between 12,000 and 14,000 years ago. This evidence is supported by other research from the Canine Studies Institute in Ohio, which groups every dog on the planet into 10 fundamental types, according to preliminary findings set to establish the ultimate canine family tree. Modern dogs, scientists agree, probably descended from grey wolves – half a dozen or so – that began to beg scraps and bones from humans in East Asia 15,000 years ago.

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