A friend of mine posed an interesting question the other night.
If humans didn’t exist, or we didn’t evolve and rise to the position we are in now, and if the canine family became the most advanced civilization to rule the world, what would it be like?
It was one that made me think, sure there are aspects of humanity in the canine world but without humans would life be the same for dogs. I was instantly reminded of a book that I had a lot of fun reading in the middle of last year. ‘The Fitzy Resolution” by A. D. DeSena is a book that sets to examine canine governance in the human world.
As conflict builds between the Central Canine Government and the Wilds, Senator Labrador-Casey is called to investigate the mysterious disappearances of canines in her district. Meanwhile, Juniper, a shrewd veteran Senator, seeks to exploit every political opportunity, including Casey’s investigation, for his own personal gain.
I, for one, couldn’t look at the girls the same way after reading the book. Were they sneaking out at night to attend secret meetings? When out for a walk was Luna’s constant sniffing really just her reading the Scentimas (Kind of like doggie emails, except pee-mail) along the way? Is the animal shelter I work at really just a refuge for those displaced from their homes due to the war or at the request of the Government?
“The Fitzy Resolution” mirrors our own political climate; there are two main parties, the Submissivists and the Contrarians who are constantly grappling for power. There is a constant threat looming over their heads and each is playing on that to push forward their own political agenda. Interestingly enough the other species in the book, including cats, rats, birds and squirrels all have their own form of governance. DeSena manages to cleverly interweave Casey’s journey with the situation playing out in the Central Canine Government.
It seems as if DeSena was just a scribe and translating this directly from the pups mouth as it were. Throughout the book you can find little footnotes explaining the meaning behind certain actions or definitions of the canine language (e.g Carambee: a canine term that means loyalty and unity among all canines, i.e. a sense of brotherhood).
The book is available to purchase online and would be suited to mid-teens onwards. It’s worth a read if you are into dogs, government or just something a bit out of the ordinary.
However, it still doesn’t answer the earlier question: If humans didn’t exist, or we didn’t evolve and rise to the position we are in now, and if the canine family became the most advanced civilization to rule the world, what would it be like? What do you think?
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