Man's Best Friend

We've all heard the phrase: A Dog is Man's Best Friend. And be it ever so true, just how did that phrase come about?

"The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world.......... is his dog."


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Many believe the phrase a Man's Best Friend, originated from Senator George Graham Vest of Missouri, during a closing argument he presented to a jury back in 1870.

His client, was a grief-stricken man who was suing his neighbor for damages in the maximum amount allowed at the time of $50, for having shot and killed his beloved hunting dog, Old Drum, the previous year.

Not only did Senator Vest win the case for his client, there wasn't a dry eye in the courtroom after his closing argument. To this day, a statue of the foxhound Old Drum remains standing in front of the Warrensburg, Missouri courthouse.

Man's Best Friend - Excerpts from Senator Graham Vest's closing argument:

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Gentlemen of the jury: The best friend a man has in this 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 the 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 a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.

Gentlemen of the jury: 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.

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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 against danger, to fight against his enemies, and when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the 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 his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death. ~ by Senator George Graham Vest

Dogs touch our lives in so many different ways. And I think it can be firmly stated that a dog truly is every man (woman & child's) best friend.

If your Miniature Schnauzer, that meant the world to you, has crossed over Rainbow Bridge create a free Miniature Schnauzer Tribute in their honor and let it be known that although he may be gone..... he will never forgotten.

A Man's Best Friend

A faithful dog will play with you
And laugh with you and cry...
He'll gladly starve to stay with you
Nor ever reason why...

And when you're feeling out of sorts
Somehow he'll understand
He'll watch you with his shining eyes
And try to lick your hand.

His blind implicit faith in you
Is matched by your great love
The kind that all of us should have
In the Master up above.

When everything is said and done,
I guess this isn't odd,
For when you spell dog backwards,
You will get the name of God.


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We could learn a lot from our dogs. Be sure and check out Life Lessons from a Dog. It may just make you think about things a little differently.

Enjoy the video with Schnauzer pics as Nellie McKay sings "The Dog Song"

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