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The classic connection between the lord of the manor and man’s best friend is the ritual of a dog dutifully fetching his master’s slippers (and possibly pipe) to the easy chair at the end of a long, hard day. It’s a sweet gesture that may stretch back centuries. Dogs were first domesticated some 15,000 years ago. Chairs existed from the time of the Ancient Egyptians. But slippers didn’t appear until the 12th century. Come on, Fido! We may think of slippers as simply a way to keep feet warm while padding from the bed to the bathroom, but throughout history they have fulfilled a variety of functions and come in elaborate designs. Of course, with their easy fit, …
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