What better loveliness to think about on St. Valentine's Day than the wonderfulness of ourwoofselves!
We thot to post the following homage to dogs cuz mum has been reading us a 1937 book called Training The Dog. This book was written by William Lewis Judy, aka Captain Will Judy, an early 20th century "icon in the sport of dog shows," born in Pennsylvania in 1891. He did become the publisher of Dog World in 1923, after buying the magazine.
Mum has read several sections of Captain Judy's dog training book to myself and furbro Jack. Our impawression is that Captain Judy was a great dog lover and a great human being. Howlever, his thinking bout dogs' position in the animal kingdom suffered from the same kind of compawmentalization that mum calls "typical of 'modern' 20th century westerners who have seen themselves as separate from and above Nature."
While one does not like to dwell on negatives, one does infurr from some of Captain Judy's word choices that he did not see ourwoofselves as sentient beings. Fur example, he does refurr to us dogs as "things" and does talk bout us as "serving" humans.
Wotever, tis not our pawpose ere today to critique the old beliefs. Wot we doo prefurr is just to present the homage below in consideration of our moral pawfection.
Why the World Likes Dogs
The most unselfish living thing in the world is your dog. If you are in danger, your dog needs only to hear your cry of distress to rush to your aid, without thought of his own life, fearless of guns and enemies.
The most patient thing in the world is your dog, waiting for hours at the top of the stairs to hear the sound of your footsteps, never complaining however late you may be.
The most grateful thing in the world is your dog. Whatever you give him, whatever you do for him, he never is guilty of ingratitude. To him you are the most powerful personage in the world and beyond censure; you are your dog's god; you can do no wrong.
The most friendly thing in the world is your dog. Of all the animal kingdom, he alone serves man without whip, without compulsion, glad to be by the side of his master wherever he may be, whatever he may do, and sad in heart when his master is away.
The most forgiving thing in the world is your dog. The one virtue most humans lack is forgiveness. But your dog carries no grudge and no spite. Punish him even undeservedly, and he comes to you, nudges his moist nose into your hand, looks up at you with pleading eyes, and wags his tail hesitatingly as tho to say, "Oh, come on, let's be pals again."
The most loyal thing in the world is your dog. Whether you come home from Congress or from jail, whether you have lost your fortune or made a million, whether you return dressed in fashion's height or in rags, whether you have been hailed a hero or condemned as criminal, your dog is waiting for you with a welcoming bark of delight, a wagging tail and a heart that knows no guile.
The world likes dogs because dogs are nearest to moral perfection of all living things.
--By Capt. Will Judy, Editor of Dog World magazine
Paw-script: This howliday is myself's 14th Valentine's Day with mum, who did attach a heart to my collar last week as a symbol of er grrreat love. ~ Tilin Corgi