The Power of the Dog by Rudyard Kipling

The Power of the Dog
Rudyard Kipling

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie–
Perfect passsion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart to a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find–it’s your own affair–
But … you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone–wherever it goes–for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-term loan is as bad as a long–
So why in–Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

Seatbelts for dogs?

I read an interesting piece in the paper this morning in which the Transport Minister for the Republic of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, is in discussion with the Road Safety Authority about keeping dogs restrained securely in vehicles. In the Republic of Ireland, as is with the UK, there are strict rules about securing humans, but none for animals. So what is the point of seatbelts for dogs?

I find this interesting for two reason. The first being that in a collision, a dog could inflict serious damage if it is thrown about the car. The images from that road safety ad which ran a couple of years back, with the tagline “it was the one with no seat belt that did the damage”, showed us just how serious this issue can be. Seeing since some dogs can weigh the same as an adult human, no doubt the same damage could be caused.

Secondly, if you’ve had a collision, your car is damaged, and you need to get out of the car or someone needs to help you out. If your dog is not securely restrained, what happens to them if they are in a state of panic and make a break for freedom? They could easily be injured by oncoming traffic if able to escape onto the road.

Both the ISPCA and USPCA have backed the proposed discussion on seatbelts for dogs today, however, as reported in the papers, there have been cases in other countries where the idea has been shot down as being a “stupid proposal”.

I secure my dog when in my car, but this came about because if I didn’t, he would be in front seat beside me and covering me in hairs! It’s funny to think that I wouldn’t dare drive my car with an unseat-belted human passenger, yet because it isn’t the norm, I would be less likely to think about unsecured dogs. What are your opinions on this?

The Cone of Shame

It’s awful when your poor pooch has to undergo surgery..  nearly as bad is the cone of shame they have to wear afterwards.

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However, I recently had a visit from my sister, who’s dog had undergone surgery recently. I liked her idea of using an inflatable travel cushion.. and loved the t-shirts she put on her dog to keep the stitches safe! (boys t-shirts age 3 years, if anyone is wondering!) Get well soon C.J.

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Happy Dogs

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Isn’t it great the way our dogs remind us that it is the simple things in life that can make us happy? For example, I love the fact that having a dog means I need to get out for walks each and every day. No matter what the weather is. The result? It never fails to lift my spirit.