Personal Ad

A personal ad seen in the Atlanta Journal:

"SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant.  I'm very good looking and LOVE to play.  I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire.  Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand.  I'll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me.  Call (404) 875-6420 and ask for Daisy.  I'll be waiting..."

Reportedly over 15,000 men found themselves calling the Atlanta Humane Society about an 8-week old black Labrador Retriever puppy...named Daisy.

I can relate (to the dog part, not the mentality of calling a singles ad)! We adopted a puppy in March of 2004, a Black Lab / Border Collie mix, that fits this description perfectly. Midnight welcomes me at the door everyday, often beating my two kids to get the first hug. He's a first-class member of the family.

Here are some other cute observations about dogs....

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. -Anonymous

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. -Ben Williams

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. -Josh Billings

We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all.  It's the best deal man has ever made. -M. Acklam

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. -Rita Rudner

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down. -Robert Benchley

Dogs need to sniff the ground; it's how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper,  containing all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued in the next yard. -Dave Barry

Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog. -Franklin P. Jones

If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise. -Unknown

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money. -Joe Weinstein

Ever consider what our dogs must think of us?  I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth! -Anne Tyler

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. -Robert A. Heinlein

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.  Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

Speak softly and own a big, mean Doberman.  -Dave Miliman

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. -Mark Twain

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. -Roger Caras

If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. -Phil Pastoret

My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am. -an Ole Hoss

Comments:

I've had both a black lab and a border collie and both were terrific dogs. A mix should be very intelligent!

Posted by Kevin on January 12, 2005 at 07:10 AM EST #

Thought you'd be interested in this excerpt from a Swedish physician's autobiography. A few years ago, my wife and I visited his villa in Anacapri, Italy, where he retired. A very interesting man, and as you'll read, a true lover of dogs...  Man’s Best Friend: While it is necessary to love dogs, it is also necessary to understand them--the same as with us, with the difference that it is easier to understand a dog than a man and easier to love him. Never forget that the mentality of one dog is totally different from that of another. The sharp wit that sparkles in the quick eye of a fox terrier, for instance, reflects a mental activity totally different from the serene wisdom which shines in the calm eye of a St. Bernard or an old sheep dog. The intelligence of dogs is proverbial, but there is a great difference of degree, already apparent in the puppies as soon as they open their eyes. There are even stupid dogs, though the percentage is much smaller than in man. On the whole, it is easy to understand the dog and to learn to read his thoughts. The dog cannot dissimulate, cannot deceive, cannot lie because he cannot speak. The dog is a saint. He is straightforward and honest by nature. If in exceptional cases, there appear in a dog some stigmas of hereditary sin traceable to his wild ancestors, who had to rely on cunning in their fight for existence, these stigmas will disappear when his experience has taught him that he can rely upon straight and just dealings from us. If these stigmas should remain in a dog who is well treated, these cases being extremely rare, this dog is not normal. He is suffering from moral insanity and should be given a painless death. A dog gladly admits the superiority of his master over himself, accepts his judgement as final, but contrary to what many dog lovers believe, he does not consider himself as a slave. His submission is voluntary and he expects his own small rights to be respected. He looks upon his master as his king, almost as his god. He expects his god to be severe if need be, but he expects him to be just. He knows that his god can read his thoughts and he knows it is no good to try to conceal them. Can he read the thoughts of his god? Most certainly he can. The Society for Psychical Research may say what they like, but telepathy between man and man has so far not been proved. But telepathy between dog and man has been proved over and over again. The dog can read his master’s thoughts, can understand his varying moods, and foretell his decisions. He knows by instinct when he is not wanted, lies quite still for hours when his king is hard at work, as kings often are, or at least ought to be. But when his king is sad and worried, he knows that his time has come and he creeps up and lays his head on his lap. Don’t worry! Never mind if they all abandon you. I am here to replace all your friends and to fight all your enemies! Come along and let us go for a walk and forget all about it! Axel Munthe, M.D.

Posted by Scott Zentner on November 11, 2005 at 08:05 AM EST #

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