The snowstorm

I think the only people other than Flash fans (and a few other communities) who’d be offended by the Flash the most, especially if there’s a storyline involving the team defeating evil werewolf Caitlin Snow and her dogs, would be animal owners and wolf fanatics. I think the likes of Retrieverman would accuse the Flash staff of hating dogs because of such storylines like these despite contrary evidence (the same thing can be said of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures, which got into trouble with both fans and PETA).

I think JJBA deconstructs why turning Caitlin Snow into an evil werewolf who uses her dogs would prove disastrous for one’s reputation. Even if somebody owns dogs itself, but if dogs are portrayed being abused it would be enough to ruin somebody’s reputation. Even if it’s justified in the Flash’s context because Caitlin uses dogs to kill people so others retaliate against them, it’ll still upset them.

I suspect if the Flash were to push that storyline, it’s going to rile up a lot of people especially with what’s being done to Caitlin and her dogs.

Corpse eaters

The idea that dogs are scavengers actually isn’t a new one, it’s even reflected in some mythologies. It’s just that some don’t want to bother considering it even if it happens anyways. Even dingoes (they’re sometimes considered truly feral dogs) eat corpses (and rubbish), especially beached whale corpses. Even wolves do it too. Even dogs will eat their own dead owners. Even if dogs/dingoes/wolves aren’t obligate scavengers the way vultures and hyenas are, they can and will eat corpses.

Given there are reports of how wolves have begun attacking livestock and even going so far to eat corpses, it shouldn’t be surprised if dogs did the same in the Holocene era. Especially due to inconvenient ways of burying though to be fair coffins weren’t made back then, making it easier for wolves/dogs to dig up corpses to eat them. Even today dogs still eat corpses.

Same for coprophagy which would’ve been even worse in the Holocene as sewage systems and toilets were nonexistent back then. Even today some don’t have toilets, let alone working ones at that so they poop in the open and dogs eat faeces. Even wolves eat poop so this shouldn’t be a stretch that dogs do scavenge every now and then as is hunting.

Dog myth (Google Books)

The Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology – Page 173

Wendy Doniger, ‎Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty – 1988 – ‎Full view – ‎More editions
To the Indian, the dog is the most unclean of all animals, a polluted scavenger, the very image of evil; domestication has not served to bathe away his sins in the eyes of the Hindus. The Tamil Saiva Siddhantins, when referring to their …
Gods, ghosts and black dogs: The fascinating folklore and mythology …

Stanley Coren – 2016 – ‎Preview
The fascinating folklore and mythology of dogs Stanley Coren. The. Devil. seeing-eye. dog. black nose … The stigmathatdogs carried originated from the scavenging pariah dogs who roamed the cities and its outskirts, surviving ongarbage …
Forensic Taphonomy and Ecology of North American Scavengers

Susan N. Sincerbox, ‎Elizabeth A. DiGangi – 2017 – ‎Preview – ‎More editions
The meat of the matter: a rule of thumb for scavenging dogs? Ethol. Ecol. Evol. 28 (4), 427À440. Bankaitis, J., 2012. Examination of scavenging associated with wolves. … In: Binford, L.R. (Ed.), Bones: Ancient Men and Modern Myths. Academic …
Running Wild: Dispelling the Myths of the African Wild Dog

John McNutt, ‎Lesley Boggs – 1996 – ‎No preview – ‎More editions
Looks at wild dogs that roam the African savanna, and their social behavior, hunting techniques, and how they raise their young
Jersey Folklore & Superstitions Volume One: A Comparative Study with …

G. J. C. Bois – 2010 – ‎Preview – ‎More editions
118 Origins of the Mythical Wolf & Dog from Observations of Nature. Both humans and wolves scavenge the kills of others. Wolves may have learned that the kills of Palaeolithic hunters provided signiÀcant sources for scavenging, and lurking …
Storytelling: An Encyclopedia of Mythology and Folklore

Josepha Sherman – 2008 – ‎Snippet view – ‎More editions
An Encyclopedia of Mythology and Folklore Josepha Sherman … (Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY) Judaism and Islam view dogs as unclean scavengers. … Legend ana Ouperstirions In modern folk beliefs, dogs generally appear as heroes.
Celtic Myths – Page 61

Miranda J. Green – 1993 – ‎Snippet view – ‎More editions
In both Classical and Celtic myth, dogs possessed the complex but symbiotic symbolism of healing, hunting and death, derived from observation of the self-healing power of a dog’s lick, its scavenging habits and its role in hunting. Dogs played …
World of Myths – Volume 1 – Page 371

Marina Warner – 2003 – ‎Snippet view – ‎More editions
In both Classical and Celtic myth, dogs possessed the complex but symbiotic symbolism of healing, hunting and death, derived from observation of the self-healing power of a dog’s lick, its scavenging habits and its role in hunting. Dogs played …
Handbook of Mesoamerican Mythology – Page 171

Kay Almere Read, ‎Jason J. González – 2000 – ‎Snippet view – ‎More editions
how dogs and turkeys killed the people of the second age because the people always beat them; those folk who … A number of stories exist today in which a coyote or fox discovers corn; after all, dogs and their relatives are great scavengers.
Animal Life in Nature, Myth and Dreams – Page 82

Elizabeth Caspari, ‎Ken Robbins – 2003 – ‎Snippet view – ‎More editions
Like many animals, dogs will lick their wounds when they are hurt, and there is a widespread folk belief that a dog’s tongue (or saliva) has healing qualities. … The Greek deity Artemis, called Diana in Roman mythology, was the goddess of wild animals and childbirth. … Both consider it an unclean scavenger, ritually taboo.

Even if

I suspect that even if dogs aren’t obligate scavengers, it often and can happen especially if or when humans defecate in the open (especially if there aren’t any toilets around, let alone good ones at that) and can’t bury their dead well. (that’s without a coffin and gravestone to stop it though not always exactly so). If dogs do devour corpses, it’s often either in the open (they even eat their own owners), in rivers (they do this in India) or dig it up from a badly dug grave.

Keep in mind that open defecation’s still a thing as is burying the dead in inconvenient places and dogs will eat their own owners. The idea of dogs as scavengers of the dead’s even a thing in mythology, especially whenever they’re associated with the dead and underworld. This aspect, as brought up by the Coppingers, influenced old mythology a lot but for some reason gets downplayed in current attitudes. Somebody noted that dogs were even associated with treachery in Ancient Greece before.

This study’s called Shameless: The Canine and Feminine in Ancient Greece. If a dog’s caught dead wandering into neighbours’ premises, killing livestock and game animals alike as well as killing its own owners, then it shouldn’t be much of a stretch as territorial vigilance gives into loyalty. Might the Ancient Greeks be really keen on dogs’ sometimes nefarious tendencies? While this might be the case with only some dogs, let’s not forget that even if the Ancients did have sentimental feelings, it’s neither the norm nor is it consistently practised and believed.

You could own dogs but be sometimes bothered by them and be aware of their baser tendencies. Sometimes some dog owners aren’t that sentimentally close to their own dogs and some people are sentimental towards truly stray dogs. Alas it seems despite reports confirming what the ancients and even some scientists believe, it’s parsimonious to suggest that there’s a big generational divide between the Ancient Greeks and 21st people.

Maybe not always so but still substantial enough to sense a big shift in attitude.

Not completely wrong

Although the Coppingers made mistakes in their work, they’re still onto something. A good number of owned dogs, even if they’re fairly well cared for, often stay outside of homes for long. So they often tend to wander a bit especially in compounds and farms. (Same for cats.) I’ve actually encountered this upon going to my relatives’ compound where my cousins’ dogs sometimes wander to my grandma’s house. Not to mention most other dog owners don’t bother training their dogs much.

Let alone conform to the expected model. In some studies and anecdotes, if dogs (and cats) are ever trained to hunt at all they get starved. Sometimes dogs get socialised to other dogs and at other times are drugged to do so. This might not always be the case but starvation, whether deliberate or accidental, in tandem with the animals’ predatory tendencies can partly account for wildlife and livestock loss and destruction. Though to be fair, there are already attempts to curb it.

Even these still keep happening. Not to mention that toilets were practically nonexistent before and some households don’t even have those. So inevitably wolves became dogs through scavenging on human waste, which’s even the subject of a study on Zimbabwean dogs. Let’s not also forget that vets, pet stores, leashes and fences can be hard to come by and moreso if it’s in distant or sparsely populated regions (especially in Russia and Australia) thus making it harder to contain stray dog populations.

Maybe not always exactly the case but when much of the land’s empty of humans it can make it harder to keep dogs from wandering (and reproducing), not to mention if it’s also really expensive at that. Cats and dogs living on varying degrees of predation and commensalism’s inevitable for better or worse.

Something from Poland

Canine predation’s noted fairly often in the Polish press as well as them being pests but it’s not entirely all gloom and doom (though realistically and disappointingly, everything has flaws and virtues so). Actually according to one statistic, of all the 7 million owned dogs in Poland (nearly equal to the number of cats there), only 400,000 are pedigree. It could be nearly reversed elsewhere but should indicate that mongrels are actually nearly the majority in Europe and/or at least form a substantial percentage. (Which often goes well with stray dogs, though it might be a rural phenomenon there.)

It could be that there are some dog bloggers who think dogs are an endangered species due to reduced genetic diversity which often is the case with pedigree dogs. That’s not to say there aren’t any stray pedigree dogs and owned mongrel dogs, they do exist. But that it’s way harder to separate mongrels from stray dogs, which may sometimes even be that closely entwined. It seemed in Europe, anywhere with a substantial mongrel percentage there’s almost always a degree of straying.

Often occurring in or near farms, villages and countrysides to any degree. Similar things can be said of owned dogs in African and Asian compounds when you think about it.


The Hippie Horseshoe

Somewhere in Germany, especially during the 19th and 20th centuries there came an anti-industrial nationalistic movement called Lebensreform, a back to basics movement complete with long hair, nudism (to varying degrees), naturism, German nationalism/folklore, vegetarianism and for some, eschewing Christianity for theosophy. The Wandervogel were part of this movement, being a bunch of long-haired disaffected youths which eventually splintered into several factions (one of which became American nature boys and finally hippies) and then got absorbed into the Hitler Youth party.

The group that became the hippies fled to California, consisting of both German immigrants and Americans influenced by them. The lebensreform became the naturmensch/nature boy movement and finally hippies under the influence of Timothy Leary and drugs and more or less alongside Hollywood, lack of clear organised religion (and overall disaffection and sickliness) more or less influenced contemporary Californian culture and politics. California being some of the more liberal/leftist states and the Hitler Youth being the influence for Germany’s far right movement.

Weird how that works but there’s something like the horseshoe theory where the extreme ends of each ideology resemble each other. There are comparisons between feminism and manosphere. This should also be the case for leftist hippies and right wing German fascists.