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    Thought I'd share this text I found while looking around on Pinterest, in my opinion it's not only beautiful, it's also a sad reminder of that this world has become. More people should be like him and actions of cruelty against animals should be punished harder.





    Tribute to the Dog

    George Graham Vest (1830-1904) served as U.S. Senator from Missouri from 1879 to 1903 and became one of the leading orators and debaters of his time. This delightful speech is from an earlier period in his life when he practiced law in a small Missouri town. It was given in court while representing a man who sued another for the killing of his dog. During the trial, Vest ignored the testimony, and when his turn came to present a summation to the jury, he made the following speech and won the case.


    Gentlemen of the Jury: The best friend a man has in the 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 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 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 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.



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



    George Graham Vest - c. 1855

    You were born with the ability to change someone's life, don't ever waste it.



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    Default Re: "Tribute to the Dog" by George Graham Vest.

    Thank you for sharing.... He said it so well
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    Default Re: "Tribute to the Dog" by George Graham Vest.

    So true. Thanks for sharing
    LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.

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    Default Re: "Tribute to the Dog" by George Graham Vest.

    I know this would make me cry-so I am not going to read it today. I know it's gotta' be good! (holidays are hard enough........)
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    “It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough,all the components of my heart will be dog,and I will become as generous and loving as they are"

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    Default Re: "Tribute to the Dog" by George Graham Vest.

    Very much so. Thanks

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    Default Re: "Tribute to the Dog" by George Graham Vest.

    Thanks for sharing, that is so true.
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    Default Re: "Tribute to the Dog" by George Graham Vest.

    Well said and so so true. Thanks Petra.
    Last edited by dolphin; 11-28-2013 at 03:51 PM.

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    Default Re: "Tribute to the Dog" by George Graham Vest.

    @Manydogs, it's sad but in a good way
    You were born with the ability to change someone's life, don't ever waste it.



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