When did we humans start giving our animals names?
I have no idea.
I have no idea.
I don't know about service animals, but I'm sure that as soon as they began to be kept as pets, as such, they got named. The distinction between a service animal and a pet can often be a blurry one, though.I remember reading that the prophet Mohammed had a favorite cat named Muezza, but I would guess it goes at least as far back as the ancient Egyptian civilizations. I would think that if we could find some record of humans keeping animals for service rather than for consumption that might be a good indication of the beginnings, since we tend to not name animals that could end up on the dinner table.
Actually, I know one person who does name his cattle that are raised for meat...but they get names like "Steak" and "Tasty" and "Sir Loin." :rofl: I've never heard someone do that before. But, as much as we caution people not to give names to the research flock to avoid getting too attached, I've noticed that their numbers get used just as if it were a name by some of the students: "Oh doesn't 123 have the cutest little fuzzy face?." Though, I always find it amusing to dig through old literature in animal sciences. As much as the older papers used to have much more formal language (entirely in the third person passive voice, avoidance of pronouns..."the cow" instead of "she"), you'll find that the animal identifications are NOT as formalized. Nowadays, every animal gets an ID number upon arrival, and that number is logged, along with any previous ID numbers it came in with, and all this is tracked so you have some history of where an animal has come from and what its final disposition is. Back then, you'd get papers where they'd refer to the research animals as "Daisy," and "Muffin."...since we tend to not name animals that could end up on the dinner table.
This reminds me of a book that my parents had called Don't Get Perconal with a Chicken. The title refers to a letter written by a child, admonishing people not to form personal relationships with farm animals that they may someday have to eat.we tend to not name animals that could end up on the dinner table.