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Property Rights: Codifying the Laws Our Dogs Live By

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ursusassportsdogWhat’s mine is mine, what’s yours is mine and what’s theirs is mine if I can get it. 

Out canines’ views of property rights are quite different from the usual Western legal constructions where property is transferred by sale, exchange, gift, inheritance or abandonment.  Their concept of property rights are more akin to discovery, forceful acquisition, and, if need be, protection. These rights extend to their owners, their homes, vehicles, home ground, toys and an unusually large number of chew-food-smell items which they may claim as their own.

Humans generally have only a partial grasp of the different manifestations of these rights that are generally gained from observing of their pets. This is the case here where my insights are derived through the observation of a number of dogs owned over the past 70 years. Anyone who has tried to take a bone from a dog quickly realizes that to…

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Written by hoveysmith

January 31, 2019 at 12:21 pm

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