The last week in September was National Dog Week. I’m late on honoring dogs but here is a poem I wrote last week.
There are 400 different breeds
of dogs around the world.
The relationship between man
and dog is over 15,000 years old.
Man has been able to train dogs
to sniff out bedbugs, to find drugs,
to be tracking dogs, pointing dogs,
hunting dogs, sled dogs, racing dogs,
truffle hunting dogs, guard dogs,
search dogs, rescue dogs,
seeing eye dogs, ears for the deaf,
all manner of assistance dogs,
cancer smelling dogs,
drafting dogs that haul loads and
therapeutic dogs that help spread calm
among the elderly in nursing homes.
Australian research has shown dog owners
have a lower risk of heart disease,
lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
British research demonstrates that dog owners
have fewer minor health complaints such as
headaches, stomach-aches, colds, sore throats,
flu and also less back pain.
The benefits of owning a dog cannot be overestimated,
and it is east to see why the dog has achieved
a place of honor in the human community
as man’s best friend and companion.
I have a cat.
Dedicated to the memories of Sheba and Alfie.
Brendan Bioandi: “Song My Dog Wrote”
“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.” ~ Christopher Hitchens