Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Grab a hanky...

A friend of mine sent this link to me today, and now I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. This was one of the most lucid, and just plain true, pieces I've ever read on the subject of dogs.

It's an excerpt from the book Old Dogs Are the Best Dogs, text by Gene Weingarten and Michael S. Willamson, based on a longer excerpt that originally appeared in The Washington Post.

There is one passage in it that infuriates me, and you'll know what it is. But everyone makes mistakes, and that this person had the courage to write about it in this way -- with such unflinching honesty, without excuses, and to be willing to open himself up to the criticism he surely knew would come -- allows me to imagine myself having done something like it and to have compassion.

What is it about dogs that makes us want to be better people?


Anonymous said...

Hi, Mary. Thanks for the compliments, but what's the infuriating passage? I have to know! I can't recall any angry letters at all about this book.

-- Gene Weingarten

Mary A. Shafer said...

Gene, it was the part about leaving your dog alone for 8 hours when you were moving. I just have a really hard time with it. - Mary

Maggie and Mitch said...

This sounds like a wonderful book! We're on our way to check out the link! Thank you for letting us know about it!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Anne-Kathrine said...

Very interesting article and the book looks great too. AS an owner of seniors I can see so much of my babies in that one article.

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Strange that I came upon your post today. This morning my friend, Missy, called to tell me that her dog, Precious, died in her arms in the middle of the night last night at the age of 12 1/2. Missy called me because she knew how much I loved that dog of hers and that I would want to hear the news. I think she called because she needed to hear me sob - she needed to know that someone else felt her immense loss and sadness.

Thank you for this post. Thank you very much.