Opie’s Video Recommendations: Did we evolve from wolves? Why humans need dogs? Why do we have curly tails and patchy coats? Check it out!

Hi all Opie here!

Here is a sampling of some really neat programs about Dogs. Mom and Dad watched a great NOVA program over the weekend. I watched it too. It had lots of dogs in it and I just couldn’t tear my eyes away.  I think you’ll like these programs.

Nova Dogs Decoded – Really, really excellent program!  This is the preview.  The actual program aired over the weekend and is currently not available yet for streaming. However, there are clips and clips of it on YouTube.  I highly recommend this one. This is where I learned that  when Mama cuddles me it’s the same as when she cuddles her sons — she secretes Oxytocin which is the Mama  hormone. I secrete it too, and it makes us all feel all warm and fuzzy and good and happy when we cuddle.  Oxytocin is really good for all of us.   Scientists  postulate that it’s one of  the reasons why humans with dogs live longer and recover better from heart attacks and things like that.  It’s our Mama Daddy — love hormone.

 List of films that look good

Nature – Dogs that Changed the world — this is really good as well.  It talks about how humans owe their very development to our canine companionship . What would you guys be without us? It also says that  some humans have forgotten to be nice to us, and that’s really not good.

Nova: Canine Domestication  — I like this, too. Mom like’s John Lithgow!  He narrates.  This program takes some of the genetic information about us and explains how we evolved from wild wolves to domesticated dogs.  There’s some sad footage of silver foxes, but the information is really interesting.

These are really just a few cool programs.  You’ll learn more about me and my kind. I feel very empowered right now! 🙂


Your pal Opie


About Opie and Opie's Mom

Snorkie with attitude. My mom writes about me and sometimes she lets me write something too. I was rescued July 11, 2010! I am so happy! I love my family and I hate squirrels. I don't know any cats but the neighborhood cats are fun to bark at. Read Opie's Mom's Blog to find out more about me. View all posts by Opie and Opie's Mom

2 responses to “Opie’s Video Recommendations: Did we evolve from wolves? Why humans need dogs? Why do we have curly tails and patchy coats? Check it out!

  • sagechronicles

    Mom is bummed that she missed the Nova program, but I’m so glad you did. I think we are going to have to go sniff it out somewhere!

  • Opie and Opie's Mom

    It really was worth seeing. The fact that sticks in my mind was the experiment that discovered that petting the dog can cause women to secrete Oxytocin, the same “feel all warm and fuzzy” hormone that we secrete when we breastfeed or nurture our young ones. This hormone has been linked to longevity and lessening the risk of heart attack as well as speeding heart attack recovery. Dog’s REALLY are our best friends. 🙂

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