Do Our Pets Make Us Republicans?

Came across this touching little story.

Polls show that if the election were up to pet owners – (and especially dog owners) – McCain wins.

Do our pets’ constant faithfulness and steadfast devotion turn their owners into Republicans?

A Dog’s Purpose (from a 6-year-old)

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish
named Belker. The dog’s owners Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their
Little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were
Hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we
Couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia
Procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be
Good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure.

They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family
Surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last
Time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few
Minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any
Difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s
Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter
Than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I
Know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned
Me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life
— like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The
Six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they
Don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

Be always grateful for each new day

Today, I wish you a day of ordinary miracles: May joy dance in your soul, may love fill your heart and may peace reign in your home.

Mark Twain had a few things to say about our dogs:

I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the “lower animals” (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me.

Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.
– Mark Twain, a Biography

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
– Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar

A composite dog is a dog that’s made up of all the valuable qualities that’s in the dog breed–kind of a syndicate; and a mongrel is made up of the riffraff that’s left over.
– Mark Twain in Eruption, p. 222. Used in “His Grandfather’s Old Ram” speech.

I happen to have a Rottweiler.  He is a firm believer in passionate defense of life and property.  He definitely wants criminals to get what’s coming to them.  He would rather die than “cut and run.”  He loves to work and run hard for his daily bread.  You do NOT want to take his possessions away from him.  And I always know the tougher things get, the more I can count on him.

Sounds like a Republican to me.

P.S. Some dogs might make you more Republican than others.  For instance, Gene Simmons, telling someone why he was voting for George Bush over John Kerry, said:

“In time of war, if you go through a bad neighborhood, I don’t want a little French poodle, I want a rottweiler on my hands.”

My dog couldn’t agree more.

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