Sunday, July 22, 2007

Unclean Beast Saves Boy; Just Another Day In A Dog's Life.

A tiny Chihuahua saved an infant boy from a rattlesnake attack. (Here.) I'm not one to anthropomorphize an animals behavior, so I'm not inclined to ascribe any heroism to the dog's actions. But I've been around enough dogs and cats to know those pets develop attachments to their human owners. Dogs, especially, pack animals that they are, often seem to view themselves as part of a pack led by their human owners and demonstrate behaviors that in humans would be called loyalty and friendship. Which is why what Michael Vick has done is inexcusable and unforgivable and the sooner he suffers real consequences the better. And it's also why Islam's view of dogs as unclean beasts strikes me as fundamentally wrong.

-tdr

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