“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner
Returning home after an extended absence is always an exciting and looked-toward experience with our quintet of pups. As we wound our way home today through the thickening post-holiday traffic, it seemed the closer we got, the slower we went.
The English theologian and historian Thomas Fuller appears to have been the first person to commit the notion that ‘the darkest hour is just before the dawn’ to print. His version, circa 1650, went this way:
It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth.
Though I always appreciate knowing the genesis of words, sayings, and other such stuff, it’s a sure bet not one of our pups was musing on the philosophic or metaphysical aspects of this adage!
After the last entry, we left Jasper bloodied and humble, spending the night by himself as he perhaps pondered the consequences of his actions…
Nah! He’s a dog.
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to get used to something so much that you don’t really notice it anymore? You stop hearing neighborhood kids yelling as they play basketball. You disregard the honking horn down the street since you know it’s not for you.
(OK, in my little mind scene, I cast Larry David as ‘Buddy with Doberman’, J.K. Simmons as ‘Restaurant Owner’, and Jerry Stiller as ‘Buddy with Chihuahua’)
A sugary little song from 1961, where the singer recites the months and explains how events throughout the year give him reasons to celebrate the love he has for his girlfriend:
“I love, I love, I love my calendar girl
Yeah, sweet calendar girl
I love, I love, I love my calendar girl
Each and every day of the year.”
I think what makes these people-to-dog connections so emotional for me is that they are a figure of the connection Love can make to a person who is lonely, abandoned, and alienated in this world. So proud to see someone willing to make a difference in this video! [Thanks to the wife for the link.]
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank