By Norman Bridwell
Many Halloweens in the past, Clifford was once only a tiny purple dog who bought into plenty of trouble.
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Such conditions seem to occur very rarely, as attested by the tiny number of mammalian species that mankind has fully domesticated—a number that barely scrapes into double figures. It seems entirely possible that all the species discussed so far could have been domesticated, except that the conditions for domestication were never as ideal, or could not be sustained for as long, as those of the domestic dog. If we set aside the artificial distinction of “domestication” for a moment, we could say that the wolf has evolved into the dog, leaving behind a few, highly totemic vestiges of its past that hang on by a thread in the wild.
Moreover, when it’s performed between members of the same family, for the most part it is not preceded by any form of threat from the recipient. Rather, it usually appears spontaneously, reinforcing the bond between the members of the pack. Presumably the younger, weaker wolves learn by trial and error that such displays (sometimes) work under these unnatural circumstances, where pack loyalties have been totally disrupted and there is nowhere for them to escape to. ” One might expect that any reinterpretation of these signals in the wolf would quickly have been followed by a reappraisal of what they mean when performed by dogs, but this has been slow to happen.
This radical change in our conception of pack behavior has required that we also reappraise the social signals that wolves use. Nevertheless, if the “submissive” display was truly an indication of submission, it ought to work in these circumstances, since the attacking wolf is putting itself at risk of injury, even if it wins. Moreover, when it’s performed between members of the same family, for the most part it is not preceded by any form of threat from the recipient. Rather, it usually appears spontaneously, reinforcing the bond between the members of the pack.
Clifford's First Halloween by Norman Bridwell