National Dog Week is just around the corner, and this year’s theme is “Man’s Best Friend”. You’ve heard the phrase used time and time again when people refer to their beloved pups and we all know why; but did you know the phrase actually stems from somewhere? Many attribute the phrase to the late Senator George Graham Vest of Missouri, a prominent lawyer in the 1870’s. It is said that Vest was defending a man whose beloved hunting dog, Old Drum, had been shot and killed by his neighbor. Vest was pursuing damages for his client in the amount of $50, the highest amount of damages allowed at that time.
During his closing argument, which you can find in its entirety here, Vest stood up and stated that a dog’s love is unconditional, and their loyalty is stronger than many forces in the natural world. In turn, Vest’s distraught client was awarded his damages and as the story goes, the closing argument did not leave a dry eye in the entire courtroom.
What you can do to celebrate National Dog Week:
To start off, give your dog a big hug and be sure to check your local county/ city’s event calendar to see if an event is being organized for National Dog Week. If nothing is being organized in your area, create something yourself. You’d be surprised how many people would respond pleasantly to a Facebook event that focuses on a potential dog-walking party or gathering, be prepared with fun and convenient outdoor waste pick-up solutions such as those mentioned here. Dogs love toys. If nothing else, remind your pet that he or she is special with a brand new bone or, perhaps, a new stuffed chew toy. Whatever you decide to do, make sure your dog knows he or she is loved. It’s not every day they get a week dedicated to them, but they’ve dedicated every week of their lives to their owners.