Get a cutout of your dog and bring him on vacation
Did you know that the first domesticated dogs were actually wolves? In his study published in the
journal Current Biology, Swedish geneticist Pontus Skoglund described his findings of a 35,000-year-
old Siberian wolf bone. His conclusion was that canine domestication may have first occurred 27,000
to 40,000 years ago.
But how is it possible for a wild animal and a human being to have reached a mutually beneficial
level of operation? There are many myths around this too. Some say that man started capturing
small wolf puppies and domesticating them. Others say man found an injured wolf and tended to it
and even after it got healed it stayed on. Others say that man gambled between the wolves that ran
away from him and those that stayed on and he started feeding them and with time they preferred
staying on for the free food. Maybe around then, they figured out it’s better to be friendly to
humans and survive than start a conflict/ remain hostile and risk being killed. It is hard to tell exactly
when the game changed for man and beast, but what we know is that at some point, man was able
to put the dog to good use in hunting, guarding, farming, herding, retrieving and even tracking.
The exact time of the first canine domestication may not be known, but what we are sure about is
that a dog will always remain a man’s best friend. Dogs are seen as great options for pets based on
their behavior, resiliency, personality, demeanor, and most importantly, their undying willingness to
provide their family members with unconditional love, loyalty, and companionship down to their
very last breath. Surely you must have seen and/ or heard many a beautiful story of dogs even
visiting their former masters’ gravesides, so it is safe to assume that even death is not enough to
deter a dog’s dedication to its master.
Dogs as travelling companions
As functional domestic animals, dogs are versatile, and can be anything from guard dogs, emotional
support animals, exercise companions, stunt assistants, herders, retrievers, guides for disabled
persons, sniffer dogs for finding illegal products at airports, border points and all other human and
cargo transit check points. Dogs today can even detect a medical condition, e.g. an epileptic seizure
or even cancer! Still wondering why dogs are so popular compared to, say cats? Well, there are
many reasons. For example, dogs will always be happy to see you, and they remain loyal to you no
matter what. Dogs are also easy to train into whatever role you want them to play, which is why
they are used a lot by security firms and the military.
As pets and companions, dogs are always happy to accompany us even to the end of the world.
Today, airlines are allowing people to travel with their dogs unlike before when it was almost
impossible. Though rules vary for each airline, your dog can typically only fly in the cabin ideally as
you would with a carry-on bag. This is of course only if they are small enough to fit in a carrier under
the seat in front of you or else they would have to travel in the cargo hold, with the luggage and
In event that you are not allowed to carry your best friend with you, there are ways to bring him or
her along, that without upsetting the airline officials too! You can now get a custom cardboard
cutout of your dog to bring on vacation with you every time you can’t bring him or her with you. All
you have to do is take several clear pictures of your dog and have them developed into life size
cutouts to carry with you next time.
You can take pictures of your dog in many different positions or doing different things. Some of the
possible shots would be of your dog sleeping beside you, resting by your feet, walking next to you,
sitting on grass or even lying down getting petted by you or someone else. The best shot is definitely
when your dog is sitting on its hunches and looking straight at or facing you. Make sure you get the
clearest shots possible to make the printing easy.
Once you have the right shots, send them in for printing and further development into the right life
sized cardboard cutout. The good thing with custom cardboard cutouts is that they are foldable into small sizes that can
be safely tucked away in your luggage and then unfolded and set up when you arrive at your
destination. They also come with a support to ensure they remain upright and look every part like
your dog so you don’t miss him or her so much while you’re away! So now you need not fret about
not carrying your best friend with you, it is now possible to do so!