island li f e "the notorious barbara woodhouse wrote: i can train any dog in five minutes. it's training the owner that takes much longer."
Dog Tired? Not on the Islands
Life from a Gulf Islands perspective. There was a time when dogs were wolves, and when wolves realized that cave men's cooked meat tasted better by Barry Mathias than their own raw rations, and was far easier to come by. From this time on, they gradually nosed their way into a situation where they gave 24-hour protection from bears, large cats and other wolves in return for a steady diet of cooked meat. Ah, those were the balmy days when dogs earned their living! Today, there are a minority of dogs who work their paws off on farms, their noses off with the RCMP or make relatives of blind or elderly people feel inferior. But, the vast majority of the canine race have us subjugated to their will, and live in a state of comfort and security that is the envy of the rest of the animal world. It was Aldous Huxley who wrote: "To his dog, every man is Napoleon, hence the constant popularity of dogs." For some couples, their dog is a child replacement, and as such is treated as a never-aging baby. Their owners speak to them in a strange patois: "Who's my goodsy woodsy doggie woggie then?" etc. Some people who haven't experienced the pleasure of canine responsibility may actually dislike dogs. As W.C. Fields wrote: "Anybody who hates children and dogs can't be all bad." Throughout recent history, people, especially women, have C
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included reference to their dogs in the personal revelations of their diaries. A Mrs. Dorothy Parker issued regular, confidential bulletins about a distressing malady of her poor dog who, she confided with some skepticism: "SAID he got it from a lamp post." Dogs have moved with us as we, in the more advanced world, have improved our living conditions. No longer do the majority sleep in outside kennels: many, and they are increasing in number, sleep in warm, comfortable baskets, chairs or even in beds. Not for them the privations of many humans who live in the Third World. We have raised the dog to a level verging on equality. For instance, the notorious Barbara Woodhouse wrote: "I can train any dog in five minutes. It's training the owner that takes much longer." It is claimed that these days you can judge a person or their family by their dog. There is the supercilious, grey-haired type who does not drop hair; the large, red-eyed, big-toothed bully or the bevy of thinboned, sleek female creatures who warn you off if you come too close. And their dogs are much the same. It was August Strindberg who wrote: "I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't the guts to bite people themselves." But, many of us benefit from our canine friends, and some people may well value them more than their human acquaintances. On the Seaside ad 2013 Sept Back to school.pdf 8/13/13 3:05:14 PM Islands, there is no doubt that dogs are here to stay.
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