Many notable historical events, involved a dog…

Many notable historical events, involved a dog in some way. The eruption that buried Pompeii in August of 79 AD was no exception.
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In the early 1800’s excavations began to dig what remained of the city of Pompeii. It had been buried for over 1700 years, under 30 feet of mud and ash. The remains of people have been reduced to skeletons and their artifacts entombed for centuries but preserved enough to be found. This preservation gave historians an insight to the daily life of ancient Pompeians.
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An aspect often overlooked, how people of the past fancied animals, especially dogs.
Pompeians archaeological finds were extravagant, animals and plants were no exceptions. Exotic animals and plants were imported contributing to the spread of the species throughout provinces of the Roman Empire. Cats were imported from Africa and peacocks from the Near East. Donkeys were used to pull carts and to circle grindstones in mills. Other animals were discovered as well, cattle, goats, sheep, hogs and poultry. Doves were found and believed to be used for communication.
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Dogs served a multitude of purposes for hunting, security and of course as household pets. An amazing trace in history was a mosaic depicting a dog with the inscription “CAVE CANEM” which translated to “Beware of the dog”
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The black and white mosaic is one of the world’s most famous of dogs snarling, a canine and protector of the Pompeii archaeological site. Indeed, with his black hair, curled form, and bared teeth, the ancient canine has stood ready for almost 2,000 years to discourage intruders from setting foot in the Domus.
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*One special artifacts associated with Pompeii dogs was that of a guard dog. He was left chained to a post to guard the House of Orpheus when the occupants fled. The bronze studs around its neck are all that remains of a collar. As the pumice fall-out deepened, the dog climbed higher — until eventually it ran out of chain and was suffocated.
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