To Ralphie

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    Tribute to a Dog

    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 encounter 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 wing and reputation falls to pieces,
    he is as constant in his love as the sun in its
    journey through the heavens.

    -- Senator George Vest, 1870


    Happy birthday, my little man!

    I ruv you.

    1. clh_1005 ages ago | reply

      Ralphie is adorable! I have a weiner dog of my own, and she's absolutely onery! It's part of their charm!

    2. smiteme ages ago | reply

      ha, yes, totally!

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