Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
in todays world, dogs do win. My dogs are an alarm system, they guard my house, they protect me(5' 4" blond that seems to attract trouble), my car, and my horses when I'm out riding. Multiple times I've been approached by suspicious looking guys only to have my dogs(one of which is a big black pit mix) go uncharacteristically aggressive and 'encourage' the guy to back off. They are also my companions, and a source of entertainment.
Also in modern times they are used for police work extensively, bomb sniffing, drug detecting, finding cancer, helping people with blindness, epilepsy, post traumatic stress disorder(to name a few), comforting the sick, they excel at guarding, tracking things(both in a police scenario and hunting) they have aided hunters in many ways for thousands of years and still do, as well as being irreplaceable as livestock herders and guardians. In the past they were used frequently as pack animals, or to tow wagons.
Horses come in second to me because they are far more expensive feed and maintain, limiting the people who can own them, they are also larger, so can't practically be housed or transported like a dog. My horses are my exercise, recreation and therapy. I have packed and pulled things with them, and I'm sure if the technological world ended they would be irreplaceable for transporting people and goods, pulling a wagon and plowing fields for farming and herding livestock, but at present my dogs are more practical.