If You Want a Friend, Get a Dog!
Carl Icahn, the hostile takeover master who was THE original
corporate raider, is often quoted as saying, "In this business,
if you want a friend, get a dog!" The rest of us already knew
that dog was man's best friend, and with good reason. Dogs as
pets date back at least as far as the days of Pompeii, where the
remains of a dog stretched out next to a little boy were
recovered from the rubble at Pompeii.
We all know that dogs are cute, warm, and cuddly, requiring
little more than food, water, shelter and affection to return
unwavering devotion. Dogs have earned their rightful place as a
family member. In fact, what family portrait is complete without
the family canine?
Dogs earned their place of prominence years ago among their
blind and deaf owners and in local, state, federal and
international law enforcement. Hint: be sure to rid your coat
pockets of doggie biscuits the next time you travel, unless you
want to be attacked by a drug and bomb-sniffing dog.
A quick glance through the amazing true stories ripped from
the headlines below demonstrates that dogs may never fall from
their pedestal as man's best friend! While it's true that we must
do for dogs what they cannot do for themselves, have a look at
the things that dogs have done for us that we could not or did
not want to do for ourselves.
Dogs CAN smell cancer
On September 24, 2004, the Associated Press reported that the
first scientific experiment to prove what has long been
suspected-that dogs can smell cancer-was successful. A dog's
sense of smell is far superior to that of a human's: 10,000 to
100,000 times better. The results of the study appeared in the
British Medical Journal. The study proved that dogs could indeed
smell cancer. What remains to be determined is whether dogs can
effectively communicate the presence of cancer. What's most
promising is that dogs may well be able to detect the presence of
cancer before high-tech medical testing.
Dogs help seniors live longer
In 1999, a study reported in the Journal of American
Geriatrics concluded what many have known intuitively and
anecdotally for a long time: seniors with pets live longer and
fuller lives both physically and mentally. Once again, science
proves common sense. Dogs require walking. Active seniors with
pets have lower blood pressure, visit their doctors less
frequently, require hospitalization less frequently and when they
are hospitalized, the duration is shorter. Assisted living
facilities and nursing homes have moved almost en masse to
allowing visiting pets or housing a resident pet for their
residents. The Delta Pet Partner certifies pets to visit nursing
homes and hospice facilities. If you have an elderly parent,
consider giving the gift of life, a companion dog.
Hostage miniature dog escapes and eludes captors
In 1992, a teeny tiny 11-year-old Pomeranian was reportedly
stolen from its home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The following
January, a father/daughter team in Corpus Christie, Texas, saw a
van chasing the little dog. The driver abandoned the van and
began chasing the dog on foot, but could never catch the dog.
Finally, the dog's captor fled the scene, abandoning the dog, an
animal perhaps 1/20th the size of its captor. The daughter chased
the dog, and the dog willingly jumped in her arms. Since the dog
wore tags, the father/daughter team returned the dog to its
What's next? Courier dogs?
Actually, that's old news! In 2001, it was reported that a
then five-year-old golden retriever named J.C. delivered its
owners' prescriptions from the pharmacy. The pharmacy was located
in the same strip mall as the owners' shop in Penn Hills,
Pennsylvania, and J.C. always accompanied the owners to the
pharmacy. The dog began carrying the prescriptions back from
these outings. J.C.'s not just any old dog. It was reported that
he took instruction well, and when instructed, he ran down to the
pharmacy and returned with prescriptions in tow.
Since the beginning of their relationship with humans, dogs
have fended for their owners, rescuing them from all sorts of
perilous situations. Won't you consider rescuing a dog from the
loneliness of life without an owner?
M J Plaster is a successful author who provides information on
shopping online for dog supplies, dog toys, and
more. M J Plaster has been a commercial freelance writer for
almost two decades, most recently specializing in home and
garden, the low-carb lifestyle, investing, and anything that
defines la dolce vita.
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