April 25th 2013 12:49 pm
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"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 the dog.
A man's dog stands by him in prosperity
& in poverty, in health & in sickness.
He will sleep on the cold ground, where
the wintry winds blow & 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 & 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 wings
& reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant
in his love as the sun in its journey
thru the heavens."
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