I don’t know who first suggested that a dog is a man’s best friend. I don’t have to know who it was to know that there have been many times I’ve believed it to be true. Dogs seem to have the ability to love unconditionally…something that I struggle to do. Seems that we people have too many vested interests and are much more selfish than dogs.
Still, I would be skeptical of the dog in today’s photo that I took last Saturday with my cell phone. The dog here seems to me to have an ulterior motive. Would you trust this dog to watch over your food while you wander away?
Our male boxers were tall enough that they could see the food on the table and put their chins there and just stare at you, begging with their huge eyes. Would I have trusted them to leave my Thanksgiving turkey on the table while I went outside to put the trash in the trash bin? Uh, no.
Our present dog is a yellow lab. They are notorious eaters and the food barely hits the bottom of their dish before it is gone! The are so famous for how quickly they eat that their eating style has it’s own name: the Lab lunge.
So, I encourage you not to yield to this dog and it’s sign. On the other hand, if you want me to watch over your frozen Snickers and Dr. Pepper, I’d be happy to oblige!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1804 during the First Barbary War, U.S. Lieutenant Stephen Decatur led a military mission that famed British Admiral Horatio Nelson called the “most daring act of the age.”
In June 1801, President Thomas Jefferson ordered U.S. Navy vessels to the Mediterranean Sea in protest of continuing raids against U.S. ships by pirates from the Barbary states–Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripolitania. American sailors were often abducted along with the captured booty and ransomed back to the United States at an exorbitant price. After two years of minor confrontations, sustained action began in June 1803 when a small U.S. expeditionary force attacked Tripoli harbor in present-day Libya.
In October 1803, the U.S. frigate Philadelphia ran aground near Tripoli and was captured by Tripolitan gunboats. The Americans feared that the well-constructed warship would be both a formidable addition to the Tripolitan navy and an innovative model for building future Tripolitan frigates. Hoping to prevent the Barbary pirates from gaining this military advantage, Lieutenant Stephen Decatur led a daring expedition into Tripoli harbor to destroy the captured American vessel on February 16, 1804.
After disguising himself and his men as Maltese sailors, Decatur’s force of 74 men, which included nine U.S. Marines, sailed into Tripoli harbor on a small two-mast ship. The Americans approached the USS Philadelphia without drawing fire from the Tripoli shore guns, boarded the ship, and attacked its Tripolitan crew, capturing or killing all but two. After setting fire to the frigate, Decatur and his men escaped without the loss of a single American. The Philadelphia subsequently exploded when its gunpowder reserve was lit by the spreading fire.
Six months later, Decatur returned to Tripoli Harbor as part of a larger American offensive and emerged as a hero again during the so-called “Battle of the Gunboats,” a naval battle that saw hand-to-hand combat between the Americans and the Tripolitans.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute; 100,000 times a day; 3,600,000 times a year; and 2.5 billion times during a lifetime. Though weighing only 11 ounces on average, a healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day