By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 26, 2022) – In Issue 2022-152 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, today we celebrate “man’s” best friend – methinks best friend of all, not just man.


Today is National Dog Day!  Give love to your furry friend with the cold nose!

Domesticated dogs were derived from an extinct branch of wolfs, and today’s wolfs are the closest animal kingdom relatives.

Over 15,000 years ago hunter-gatherer humans domesticated these animals, before establishing agriculture. 

Dogs were bred for many differing purposes – hunting, herding, protection, etc.  Today there are 450 different breeds recognized globally.

The earliest dog was found near Bonn, Germany, who was buried together with a man and woman about 14,000 years ago. 

Bonn, situated on the Rhine was the capital of West Germany between 1949 and 1990, and is left center on this 1867 Johnson map of Germany.

Germany – 1867 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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