America’s Best

A thought came to me when I was at a picnic at church. Since it was a pretty nice day out and we were gathering quite a large number of people together, naturally, a bunch of people brought their dogs.

They say a dog is a man’s best friend. It’s something I’ve heard since I was really little. But then you stop and you try to observe things from a dog’s perspective.

A dog, then, really starts to become something else. Usually there will only be one dog in a household living with a bunch of humans. It’s not hard to imagine what it must be like for the dog then–they get treated like the happy, powerless child of the family. They try to get what they want, or if they can’t, they’ll cry and whimper and make everyone feel bad. General dog stuff.

What happens if you get a bunch of dogs together, all of who are owned by different humans? You suddenly get a bunch of dogs meeting each other for the first time, some of them not even knowing that other dogs exist.

At the picnic, there was a family who brought their two dogs and the dogs’ puppy. It was almost as if the two dogs went carnal. They took extreme care of their puppy and even went so far as to attack some other dogs that got within a few feet of the pup.

Of course, the owners of this dog family were pissed. You don’t want to be those guys who bring the giant dogs that destroyed all the other dogs. It’s supposed to be a friendly picnic. But really, what choice do you leave them?

The dogs spend all day shut up in a house or in a yard without any knowledge of what goes on outside. As far as they know, the world is made for humans and no other dog can be trusted. I don’t blame them.

I wonder if dogs in other countries have the same problem. There are many many countries where dogs roam free on the streets. Do they have problems with trusting other dogs, or are they all homies? My gut tells me the latter is probably true. In the wild, the young aren’t immediately ripped away from their families to be sold to “masters.” They get to live free in the dangers of the world.

Imagine a world where humans are on the level of dogs and were domineered by a superior race of animals, set apart from all other humans, yet were still perfectly capable of doing everything humans did. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t think I would feel very much like I was best friends with the one who owned me.

Happy fourth. Hope your pets are safe.

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