Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Gen. 1:26The way God drew up the plans, man would have dominion over all the critters. Man could say "Hey, Lion! Fetch me a Mountain Dew!" and the lion, if it knew what a Mountain Dew was, would do it. Pretty cool, eh?
That was in Genesis, chapter 1. Then man sinned and everything went kaflooey. When man sinned and fell, man lost that dominion. Man was the pinnacle of the material Creation, and when man fell, everything below also fell. Rebellion happened (and continues to happen) at all levels of creation because of man's failure. That's why I can't play with crocodiles and the lion won't fetch me that stupid can of Mountain Dew, no matter how nicely I ask him.
Now I don't have a Scriptural backing for my theory, but I believe doggies are "less fallen" than most of the other critters because they (usually) heed man. They still pretty much recognize Man's dominion. Treat a doggie even halfway decent and he'll do anything for you. A little food and a little attention and that doggie will face the lion for you. That's what makes the subject of that previous post so thoroughly disgusting and angering. Our troops are getting shot at and being killed trying to save people who have no problem at all with cruelly maiming the least fallen of all the critters. Sickening.
6 “ The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them.
7 The cow and the bear shall graze;
Their young ones shall lie down together;
And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole,
And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD
As the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:6-9