Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tribute To The Dog


While doing some research on the net today I ran across the story of Tribute To The Dog. I have read parts of it over the years but never read it all. I thought it was kind of neat.
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George Graham Vest (1830-1904) served as U.S. Senator from Missouri from 1879 to 1903 and became one of the leading orators and debaters of his time. This delightful speech is from an earlier period in his life when he practiced law in a small Missouri town. It was given in court while representing a man who sued another for the killing of his dog. During the trial, Vest ignored the testimony, but when his turn came to present a summation to the jury, he made the following speech and won the case.
Gentlemen of the Jury: The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man's reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us, may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.
The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
If fortune drives the master forth, an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death.
George Graham Vest - c. 1855

5 People said:

Dogpatch Primitives said...

oh, aren't dogs wonderful? They do so much for us humans don't they Pam?

~GoldieLoo Woodworks~ said...

I give mine hugs daily. :)

Jennifer B. said...

I love that Pam! So very true and heartwarming!!
Jen

Cheryl said...

Another great story from you.
Do you go on Best Friends?
It is a wonderful site that helps all the animals, great people, great ideas, love and compassion, they place animals in loving forever homes. If we can all get one person more to understand the love, devotion and unselfisness that animals give to us, it will be a better world for our furry friends. Bless our furry friends

~GoldieLoo Woodworks~ said...

Thanks Cheryl, Where do I find Best Friends ? Sounds like something I would enjoy.