Sometimes, a man’s only friend

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    1. isn’t that Viggo Mortensen in his newest movie, “Hobo”?


    2. Damn, that’s so cute and depressing at the same time.


    3. “Gentlemen of the jury, the best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter whom he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us — those whom we trust with our happiness and good name — may become traitors in their faith. The money that a man has he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world — the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous — is his dog.

      “Gentlemen of the jury, a man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow, and the snow drives fiercely, if only he can be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

      “If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace, and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death.”


    4. Sorry about quoting “Old Drum”; I can’t read it without getting soggy, too.

      There was another, not as famous, case involving Cutter, an Irish setter owned by Bronson La Follette, the Attorney General of Wisconsin. Cutter had been caught running loose in Madison for the third time (the death penalty). La Follette hired Eddie Ben Elson, a brilliant and crazy attorney to defend Cutter.

      Elson first filed a motion that the animal control officer pick Cutter out of a lineup of Irish setters. Motion denied.

      Elson then demanded a jury of Cutter’s peers: 12 Irish setters. Motion denied.

      Elson eventually maid an impassioned charge to the jury, I remember this vividly though I don’t think I was there. I probably heard it from somebody who was. I’m probably paraphrasing, but I remember that Elson read a letter from Cutter to the jury that ended, “I know I should be a better dog, but I just can’t control myself when them city bitches are in heat.” Elson got Cutter acquitted.


    5. I do believe the trust between my lab and myself is as deep or deeper than anyone I know now. At least as deep as my wife and best friend.

      A dog will always return what you give them in love and adoration in my experience.


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