Are dogs willing to eat the remains of their masters?



Are dogs willing to eat the remains of their masters? - By Brian Palmer - Slate Magazine:

"Dogs are perfectly willing to eat human corpses, and there's no evidence that they treat their masters differently than any other dead body. Many cultures consider dogs unclean precisely because of their tendency to scavenge our remains. In The Iliad, Homer makes nine references to dogs eating dead bodies. Dogs consumed the body of Jezebel, a princess in the Old Testament, after her defenestration. There is evidence that ancient Romans considered the low-hanging cross a crueler form of crucifixion than the high version, because it enabled dogs to rip the body apart."

The Iliad, in fact, begins something like this:


Goddess, sing of strong Achilles,
whose vengeance broke uncounted evils
on the Greeks. It sent the souls of heroes
to Hell before their time
and, such was the will of Zeus,
their bodies were left to the feasting dogs
and birds of prey. 



3 comments:

  1. Cats will eat their dead owners too. Shouldn´t be surprising- once dead, the body is just meat, and doesn´t open any cat food cans...

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  2. My idol Ambrose Bierce wrote a short story on that premise (cat eats owner). One of his more shocking pieces, and that's saying something.

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  3. I actually wrote a short story on that premise as well :D (Although, they don´t precisely eat the owner)

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