People and Dogs

teardropMy wife can watch a news report about 100 innocent people being slaughtered without visibly responding, but if she sees someone kick a dog in a movie, she becomes visibly shaken and upset and has to turn her head. I haven't told her about Michael Vick, and I don't think I will. I know she won't be able to handle it. There's something about people and dogs.

It must be the centuries of loyal companionship that makes it easier for us to hear about a person being murdered than a dog being killed. Much like we've bred dogs to protect and serve us, we're bred to care for them and treat them as members of our family. It's easy to dislike a person, but it's difficult to dislike a dog. I can vouch for this fact from personal experience.

I never wanted a dog. Shortly after we got married 11.5 years ago, Taryn begged me to let her get a puppy. I stopped fighting it and we bought Booner, a Maltese/Yorkie blend. I always thought of Booner as Taryn's dog, even though I've shared the bed with Booner every night for 11 years. Although she still looks like a puppy, Booner is getting older and I know she won't be around forever. I often joke about the day we get our freedom back, but the fact is I know I'll miss her. She's always there, she's awfully loyal and she's a part of the family.


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It's true. They're always there for us & love us unconditionally. I like animals more than people sometimes. Pets are good for your health too. I'm glad you gave in & discovered the joys of owning a dog. I guess it's like kids, you don't know how much they add to your life until you have them.

Booner is undoubtedly, so cute.

July 19, 2007 @ 12:59 PM

Toronto Mike

I didn't say I've discovered the joys. I've just learnt to accept Booner and her dog-like behaviours.

July 19, 2007 @ 1:17 PM


Uh-huh, sure, you love her.

July 19, 2007 @ 3:11 PM


That is a cute dog, no matter that she is at the twilight of her life. Dogs are always man's best friend and so too for a woman. You are lucky to have her.

July 19, 2007 @ 11:15 PM

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