A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. -Josh Billings

Over the weekend I popped out to Northern Illinois University’s latest exhibition at the Pick Museum of Anthropology.  Now I don’t usually rush out to exhibitions at Anthropology museums but this one caught my eye because the subject is one of my favorite things on the planet.  DOGS!

Maybe you are a NIU alumni and are familiar with the school’s mascot – the Huskies.  They actually have an actual official mascot called Mission who I was lucky enough to meet .

It really is a great exhibition with some truly interesting information about our history with the domestication of dogs and some crazy old dog bones that were found in Illinois.

For more information read below from NIU’s website.


For the Love of Humans: A History of Dogs

For the Love of Humans: A History of Dogs will take you on a journey through the timeless relationship between dogs and humans.

Explore the early domestication of dogs, drawing on the latest archaeological discoveries. Travel back in time to witness first evidence of dog burials in Bronze Age Thailand. View ancient skeletal remains from the Janey B. Goode site in Southern Illinois and learn about the impact of dogs discovered in Illinois.

Experience the diverse ways dogs enrich our lives. From their work in law enforcement and rescue to therapy and companionship, For the Love of Humans: A History of Dogs examines how the unique bond between humans and dogs has deepened over time.

Discover how NIU became the Huskies and learn about the history of NIU’s mascots by viewing photographs, memorabilia, costumes and different depictions of Huskies across campus.

Learn to become an activist for dogs by volunteering and donating to local shelters, living cruelty-free, and much more.

Open to the public

Exhibition Dates:
January 14, 2019 – May 10, 2019
(Closed March 10-17, 2019 for Spring Recess)

Gallery Hours:
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10 a.m. – 2pm Friday