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September 21st, 2011 at 5:00 am

Man’s (Woman’s, Boy’s, Girl’s) Best Friend

September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month, sponsored by the American Kennel Club (AKC). (If you’re not into dogs, it’s also National Chicken Month, but that’s a whole other story). This week, September 18-25, is also  National Dog Week, so it’s a good time to talk about Man’s Best Friend.

While humans and dogs have been have had a strong bond for more than 15,000 years, the origin of the saying “Man’s Best Friend” dates back to an 1870 court case (Burden vs. Hornsby) in Warrensburg, MO, where one brother-in-law sued another for shooting a beloved dog, Old Drum. In his famous closing argument, now known as Eulogy of the Dog, then Senator George Graham Vest summed up what a dog means to a (hu)man:

“The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.”

Sadly, not all humans are as kind in return. Hundreds of thousands of adoptable dogs are euthanized every year for want of a good home. Dog fighting continues to grow as an illegal betting sport. Puppy mills continue to thrive. We can do better. Here a few ways to honor our best friends.

If you happen to be in the Raleigh, NC area this Saturday, September 24, AKC will host its own event at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Or celebrate Responsible Pet Ownership Days virtually on their Facebook Page.

Even if you aren’t a pet owner, you can celebrate by honoring a dog from your past or one that you love. Consider making a donation in that animal’s name to one of these or other dog-worthy causes:

Whether pure bred or pure mutt, here’s a big WOOF to all the dogs out there, especially our own Hazel. She may not be my best friend, but our house sure wouldn’t be the same without her.

Susan Bearman also writes at Two Kinds of PeopleMike&Ollie: 24-weekers Who Beat the Odds and The Animal Store Blogas well as being a regular contributor to The Chicago Moms and Technorati.


 

 

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