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A Valentine to Dogs

Author: | Date: January 27, 2012

In my last blog post, I wrote “when breeding together dogs who….”. The word processing spell and grammar check feature suggested that I revise it so say “dogs that.” I didn’t think about it beyond my immediate reaction to leave it the way it was. Several days later in reading Suzanne Clothier’s Bones Would Rain from the Sky, I came across this passage “[T]he rules of correct grammar dictate that it is never an animal who behaves but rather an animal that behaves.”

So what do you know – it turns out there was a real grammar rule behind the computerized editorial suggestion.  Those closest to me would tell you that I am a pain in the neck when it comes to correcting their grammatical errors and others would tell you that I follow the rules and analyze every little thing. That is why I was so thrilled that I had rejected the proposed edit; not even recognizing it as being a valid correction!  This, you see, was proof of my basic belief about our relationship with dogs (and truth be told, all animals).  They are to be respected as individuals, valued solely for whom they are, and in the case of those who share their homes with us or are otherwise in our stewardship, cherished.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I present some eloquent expressions of others’ love of dogs:

 

“Dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me they are the role model for being alive.”  – Gilda Radner

“When you feel really lousy, puppy therapy is indicated.”  – Sara Paretsky

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.”  – Ben Williams

“Much has been written about the loyalty of dogs, but what I love about them isn’t their devotion to me so much as their devotion to being alive.”  – Steven Bauer

“Those of us who love our dogs deeply…want to know what’s going on in their minds as much as we do in our relationships with other people…We like it that our dogs are dogs.  The differences between us enrich our relationships and increase our sense of connection to the world around us.”  –  Patricia B. McConnell, For the Love of a Dog

“E = mc2 is simple, but it’s an equation of great value.  Perhaps our emotional connection to dogs is similar: pure, primal, and as basic as oxygen and water.”  – Patricia B. McConnell, For the Love of a Dog

“A happy dog can’t seem to contain his emotions within his own body; exuberance radiates off dogs like light from a sparkler.”  – Patricia B. McConnell, For the Love of a Dog

“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.”  – Samuel Butler, Higgledy-Piggledy

“I once decided not to date a guy because he wasn’t excited to meet my dog. I mean, this was like not wanting to meet my mother.”  – Bonnie Schacter

“No Matter how little money and how few possessions, you own, having a dog makes you rich.”  – Louis Sabin

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe, we are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.”  – Roger Caras

“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.”  – Robert Louis Stevenson

“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.”  – Unknown

And finally….

“I have caught more ills from people sneezing over me and giving me virus infections than from kissing dogs.”  – Barbara Woodhouse

X-O-X-O-X-O………… slurp.

Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all!

 


I often wish I could stop people on the street who’s dogs are misbehaving and suggest they sign up for classes at AnimalSense.

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