Man's Best Friends|
Copyright © 1998 Walt Zientek
(A sequel, sort of, to 'The Perfect Lab' and 'The Private Lab')
The wise old grandfather ambled slowly through the quiet October twilight with
"Gramps," the child asked, "Dog's really are Man's Best Friend, aren't they?"
"Yes... and no," the old man replied.
"Gramps, this is another long story, isn't it?"
"I'm afraid it is. Afraid it is.
You see, people live long, long lives compared to dogs. And people make lots
Sometimes, a Best Friend is a dog. Maybe a litter-runt the Momma doesn't want.
Sometimes, your Best Friend is your water dog, your Guide Dog or your ankle
But sometimes, a Best Friend is two legged. Maybe a squirrelly, dirty faced kid
They climbed up onto the big front porch and sat back on an ancient glider swing.
"Yep, little one, folks are surely blessed. Best Friends can wear a big brother's
The old man absent mindedly touched the big dog's head, turned a bit and fixed
"Sometimes your Best Friend wears a thick, leather collar around its neck. But, if
The child thought for a moment and took the old man's calloused hand.
"And sometimes, Gramps, if you're really, really, really blessed, your Best Friend
For all the Best Friends of my life and yours
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