Am I insane? Because I connect every thing in the world to dogs?
Play the soundtrack to this post and then you tell me.
Rules of the Game
I’m going to pick items off my bookshelves at random and see how long it takes me to make a dog connection.
Does everything remind me of my dog?
The Game is
Afoot A Paw
shelf 1: DVDs
O Brother, Where Art Thou? – starred George Clooney who adopted a rescued Cocker Spaniel named Einstein
shelf 2: Borrowed from the Library
ElectraLuxx – movie about a porn star who becomes pregnant and takes a job teaching “sexology” at a community college. C’mon, how long does it take to get to doggy style?
shelf 3: Sailing
Boating Skills and Seamanship – every boat needs a watch schedule. Did you know the 4-6 p.m. watch is called the Dog Watch? Two watches are less than the usual four hours so sailors had a different watch schedule each day.
shelf 4: Dogs
Too easy. Next.
shelf 5: Journaling & Memoirs
Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea – Despite the conviction and execution of Bruno Richard Hauptmann for kidnapping and killing Lindbergh’s son, conspiracy theorists still speculate that he was innocent or worked with someone else. Why? Because the family terrier, Wahgoosh, didn’t bark when the intruder stole the baby from his crib.
shelf 6: How To
Field Guide to the Night Sky – Siriusly?
shelf 7: Gardening, Cooking, Computers
Home Landscaping – We have two dogwood trees in our backyard. Although some believe the name is a corruption of dagwod because the hard wood was used to make daggers, others say the bark was a treatment for mange.
shelf 8: CDs
k.d. lang, hymns of the 49th parallel – Two of the album’s best songs were written by Jane Sibbery. Who also wrote Everything Reminds Me of My Dog, this posts’s soundtrack.
shelf 9: more CDs
Paul Simon, The Rhythm of the Saints – Simon recorded this album and toured with the South African a cappella singing group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Late last year, South African president, Jacob Zuma said that dog ownership was part of “white culture.” He also objected to care being given to animals he felt should only go to humans. He was flooded with emails and letters from black South Africans who loved their dogs.
shelf 10: Architecture
Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders – Ugh. Ok, let me think. Architects continually revisit the dog house (although for most of us, the human house is the dog house). You’ll find one of the latest projects at Architecture for Dogs, where you can download plans to build your own avant-garde dog house. Check it out. The site is awesome.
shelf 11: Fiction
Roald Dahl’s Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life – Although not in this collection, Dahl wrote a story for Harper’s magazine about a British pilot who bailed out into the English channel during World War II. He awakes in a British hospital but things just don’t add up. When he sees a sign outside, “Garde au Chien” (beware of the dog) and realizes he’s in occupied France.
shelf 12: Religion
C. S. Lewis’s The Problem of Pain – Lewis wrote an entire chapter on pain in animals and was opposed to using animals in experiments. But was he a dog lover? He had eight over the course of his life.
shelf 13: Spanish
Español a lo vivo – Well, I know the Spanish word for dog is perro. Mike’s the Spanish speaker in the house.
self 14: Comics and Humor
Jay Sanky’s Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy – A classic comedy trope is the Shaggy Dog story, full of irrelevant details, rambling on forever, and ending with a groan-worthy punch line.
shelf 15: Homeownership
Realizing the American Dream – Did you know that some homeowner’s insurance companies discriminate against as many as 22 dog breeds?
Why go through such a crazy and pointless exercise?
Lately I’ve read a few blogging friends say they’re tired of writing about dogs. They don’t have anything left to say on the subject or they’re interested in writing about other things.
I have no problem with that. I’m happy to see my friends discovering new sides of themselves and expanding their writing in new areas.
But I started asking, “If I keep thinking of new dog topics to write about, does that make me shallow? Does it mean I’m not as well-rounded as I think I am?”
Here’s what I worked out: my biggest interest is human nature.
I majored in history because it’s the study of human nature over time. I’m fascinated with psychology, nature, languages, art, music, sociology, politics, film, oh yes, and dogs, because they reflect human beings and how we interact with our world.
Human nature is a big subject.
Some scientists argue that it was the domestication of dogs that helped the hominids who are our ancestors beat out the Neanderthals for survival. So maybe I’m not small-minded. Perhaps, I just like looking at the world through a furry lens.
And as long as dogs provide a fun window for viewing my world, I’ll keep writing about them.
What do you think? Are dogs worthy of these many bytes? What keeps you reading and writing about dogs?