NIPPER: Nipper first appeared in a painting called Dog Looking at and listening to a Phonograph. In 1899, Nipper gained worldwide fame as the model for the logo of audio player and recording firms His Master’s Voice (HMV) and RCA.
POMPEY: Legend has it that in the 16th century, Pompey, the Pug dog of William the Silent, heard enemy soldiers approaching and alerted the prince, thereby saving his life. Pompey became the official dog of the House of Orange. Pugs went on to become a favorite of courts throughout Europe.
HARVEY aka HAIRY MAN: The Harvey family from the Isle aux Morts, Newfoundland, and their dog Hairy Man, risked their lives in fierce storm waves to rescue over two hundred crew members and passengers on the brig Despatch from Ireland in 1828. Not all were saved but a great many were, securing Newfies their well-deserved reputation as rescue dogs.
CRAB: With the line, “Why, he that’s tied here, Crab, my dog . . .” William Shakespeare gave him the honor of being the only animal named in one of his plays. Not only man’s best friend, Crab was the right man’s best friend!
ACE: Like his adopted master Bruce Wayne, Ace never let on that he was none other than the Bat-Hound who helped the Dynamic Duo in their relentless fight against crime.
LAIKA: Paving the way for the then seemingly impossible quest to land on the moon, Laika, the Soviet space dog, was the first animal to orbit the Earth in the unmanned Sputnik 2.
ENDAL: Endal was the most highly decorated and televised dog in history. His amazing life as an assistance dog to Allen Parton, a war veteran, revealed skills that other dogs can only dream of: saving lives, using ATM machines, understanding sign language and hundreds of other commands.
BALTO: Balto the Wonder Dog was a lead sled dog in Alaska who helped thwart a diphtheria epidemic by pulling his sled master Gunnar Kaasen and a life-saving antitoxin serum through a staggering blizzard from Anchorage to Nome.
HOW TO BE A GOOD DOG OR CAT
The trouble with being a good dog or cat is that it is often hard to know what your dear human companion wants from you. Humans are a fickle bunch, which is one reason why they talk so much about you. They like to think that you are a reflection of their better side. So let them. Take pride in what they say about you. Show off for their guests, especially family. Throw them a bone once in while.
Find the middle path. It has often been said that humans want obedient pets, but that is a simplistic look at the way the human mind works, which is not that different from yours. Your humans want you to be happy (if not, you should claim your rights and leave forthwith!) and will respect you all the more should you not give in to their every whim and foible, which is merely a sign of weakness.
Now, since you are a dog or a cat, don’t forget to act absurd once in a while. You may be surprised how humans appreciate the absurdity of life, even though so many of them find it hard to express. Be a real dog and give a cat a call!
QUOTES AND TIDBITS
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater . . . suggest that he wear a tail. ~
The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's. ~
Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies. ~
There are some three-to-five hundred purebreds officially recognized throughout the world. Mixed breeds are countless.
Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart. ~
DOG EARED, RAINING CATS AND DOGS, WAG THE DOG, DOG DAYS, SLEEPING LIKE A DOG, WHAT 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. ~
They never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation. ~
Jerome K. Jerome
Dogs and humans have lived together in domestic relationships for some 14,000 years. Cats have been pets for about 7,000 years.
Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives. ~
Outside of a dog, a man’s best friend is a book; inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. ~
A Mungo & Maud Riddle
Two mothers and two daughters go to Mungo & Maud and buy six dog accessories. Each female purchases two items. How is this possible?