John Flanagan: I suspect that beneath the veneer of outward dislike of dogs, the true nature of your relationship with your pet is warm indeed. Dogs are great and wonderful companions in most Anerican families. We gravitate towards them and they gravitate towards us. Those wagging tails can melt adult and child alike. Dogs usually accept us without reservation, and they are dependent on us to treat them kindly and care for them. In response, you have a faithful and devoted friend for life. Think on the benefits to humanity dogs have been. There are service dogs, seeing eye dogs, hunting and tracking dogs, etc, and just plain companions to welcome us home after a tough day. A dog, unlike many other animals, is genuinely happy to see you when you come home. They are genuinely sad when you are gone for too long. I have had two purebred dogs, a Cairn Terrior and a Boxer, and two ordinary shepherd mix mutts.....loved them all.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 10:48 am
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