From The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

Dog, n. A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and suplus of the world's worship. This Divine Being in some of his smaller and silkier incarnations, takes, in the affection of Woman, the place to which there is no human male aspirant. The Dog is a survival - an anachronism. He toils not, neither does he spin, yet Solomon in all his glory never lay upon a door-mat all day long, sun-soaked and fly-fed and fat, while his master worked for the means wherewith to purchase an idle wag of the Solomonic tail, seasoned with a look of tolerant recognition.

Read a Burns-esque Ode to Matilda (Tilly), a partly feral Border Collie, I wrote in 1994.

My favorite dog: Zelda, a Leonberger.

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