The Invention of Pets

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Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder 'why, why, why?'
Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land;
Man got to tell himself he understand.

― Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle (1963)


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Nenet And Chukchi With Dogs ©Jimmy Nelson Pictures B.V.

Black Lab Gray - Water Happiness by Emo Teofanov

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Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin

The Tiger In The House by Carl Van Vechten

Parrot Culture by Bruce Thomas Boehrer

What’s A Dog For? By John Homans

The Open: Man And Animal by Giorgio Agamben

Thinking Through Animals by Matthew Calarco

In The Company Of Animals by James Serpell


Cognitive Foundations of the Relationship between Humans and Animals among Hunter - Gatherers and Traditional Farmers

The Separation Of Human And Animal

What Does It Mean To Be Human by Maria Popova

Politics by Aristotle

Animation by Preston Blair

Rene Descartes and Animals Are Automata

Witches And Familiars

The Great Cat Massacre by Robert Darnton

Dogs May Have Helped Humans Beat The Neanderthals

2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey Statistics

Darwin The Dog Lover

The Big Search To Find Out Where Dogs Come From

Dogs Are Even More Like Us Than We Thought by Maya Wei-Haas

Dogs Not As Close Kin To Wolves As Thought

DNA And Victorian Dog Fancy

A Biological Homage To Mickey Mouse by Stephen Jay Gould

Pride And Pedigree: The Evolution Of The Victorian Dog Fancy by Harriet Ritvo

Buccleuch’s Labrador Stud Book


Dogs And Cats Can Love

Were Cats Domesticated More Than Once

How Humans Created Cats

Aesop’s Fables The Lion & The Mouse

The Kennel Club


BBC Earth & BBC Worldwide

Rhett & Link

Origin Of Dogs Traced by Joshua Marks

Kevin Illustrations by Ian Gibson - Lead Artist at Sky Tyrannosaur

Dr. Juliane Kaminski

Dr. Larry Young


Written, Produced, Edited and Hosted by Kevin Lieber

Contributing Editor Matthew Tabor, Koala Fight Media

VFX by Eric Langlay

Sound Design by Jay Pellizzi

Select Music by Jake Chudnow

Custom Charts by Craftality

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