My beloved Australian Shepard, Goddard, died yesterday after a relatively long battle with lymphoma. He will be missed. I logged on to RedState this morning and began to think of Goddard and the RINOs, the three ring circus currently residing on Capitol Hill and the general tone of politicians these days. It dawned on me that my dog would have been a better representative than the majority of crop of representatives we have now.
People: My dog understood that there were bad people in the world. He was fiercely protective of his home and his family. He had the instincts to differentiate between the mailman, who he loved, and the very sleazy guy trying to pawn off substandard driveway paving at our expense. He was always happy to see friends but had little tolerance for those who weren’t friends. I have no doubt that he would have given his all, if needed to protect that which was dear to him. There was no middle ground, either you were or you were not a good person in his eyes. He didn’t pretend to like you just for the sake of appearance. Unlike politicians who pretend to like everyone most of the time at the expense of those to whom they should be most loyal.
Other animals: Goddard got along well with other dogs. It was almost as if he knew they shared a common bond. They were of the same make up, their interests being the same. If a dog tried to steal his toys or invaded his domain, there was no doubt about his reaction. He would bark or snarl to let them know they overstepped their bounds. He didn’t roll over and show them his stomach signaling defeat – he stood his ground. He was tolerate of cats but viewed them as an acceptable, arrogant nuisance. He didn’t try to get along with them, he didn’t try to pretend to be a cat and he didn’t let them run roughshod over him because they were different – he just let them be unless they infringed on his right to be a dog. Substitute the word RINO for other dogs, and Democrat for cats and I think you will get my point.
His Job – My dog understood his role. He was the protector of the hearth and home. His watch never ended. Each night, every night he would make his rounds checking to ensure that everyone was in their beds, safe and then take up a watch in the foyer of the house. Every morning, he would go to each of the kids bedroom doors when they were to be awakened. For nine years, every day and every night, he did his job – no junkets, no “I’m tired and want to get out of here – the snow is coming” – he knew what he was supposed to do. His persistence and dedication to his task were commendable. It is a simple lesson that politicians could learn. You do your job assigned to you – no excuses.
Behavior – Very few times did I have to admonish him. However, if it did happen, it only took a couple of times for him to understand it wasn’t an acceptable action and never to repeat it. There were no excuses such as “it is a complex issue” or “I did what I felt was right”. He listened to the wishes of his masters and knew this is what was we required. If the current crop of politicians were dogs, I doubt if 90% would even be housebroken at this point.
Play time – Goddard loved play time. A simple game of catch or a car ride or just hiking in the woods. He would play as long as it was allowed. But once the play time was deemed over – he went back to his vigilance of watching over his charges. This is definitely a lesson our elected leadership could learn from a dog.
And last, unconditional love – There were no conditions of the love our dog showed us. I could walked out the door for a minute or 5 hours and return to the same greeting – one of “I am so glad you are home!”. There was no “eh, it’s you”, no “I can’t be bothered” – just joy. Politicians and their staffers many times make it clear when contacting them that the “eh, it’s you” or “I can’t be bothered” is the common operating theme in their offices forgetting what their job truly is.
So Goddard, thank you for sharing nine amazing and wonderful years of your life with us. You would have make a heck of a lot better representative than most sitting in office today.