During my last trip to Mexico City we stopped at Houston airport where I saw a couple of dogs searching for drugs. It came to my mind the recent controversy of the published book titled “Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living” by two New Zealand “scientists”. They compared the ecological footprints of owning pets to other life style choices and concluded that eating our dogs would be a good idea to reduce their carbon paw print. Lola, our CPT (Chief Product Tester) made a careful review of the book and her assessment was that Mr. and Mrs. Vale could make an even greater contribution to our world’s institutional knowledge about our environment by entirely self-selecting themselves out of our wacko infested planet. She is one sage old lab.
Dogs not only give us loyal and joyful companion but also
provide invaluable services to our community helping the blind, helping us cope
with stress, participating in search and rescue, sniffing for the drugs that
fuel the writings of their critics and helping the handicap live more
independent lives. But it is their
devotion to us (and ours to them) that make our wonderful friends true companions. We need more “dogs guarding our planet”
and less “scientists” making up absurd analysis just to sell books.