Jake is probably the finest dog I’ve never met.
And there are so many amazing dogs I’ve never met;
I have great admiration for the feats of Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, Sergeant Preston’s King, Flash the parachuting dog in THE FLAMING SIGNAL (1933), and Smokey & Shadow the faster-than-a-speeding-bullet Alsatians in SIGN OF THE WOLF (1941).
I empathize with Nick & Nora’s Asta, and Red’s Rover…they have to endure much and they endure it with good humor.
I root for Lady’s Tramp (successfully) and Ol’ Yeller (not so successfully).
I laugh out loud at Goofy, Pluto, and Odie.
Benji, the Shaggy Dog, and all 101 of those Dalmatians…well, maybe not so much…but they’re cute, I guess.
But they’re not real dogs. I mean some of them are real dogs, but none of them are REAL DOGS.
<< side note >>
Didja know that the Shaggy Dog was played (uncredited) by a dog named “Chiffon”? Chiffon needed a better agent.
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I think Jake is a real dog
Jake belongs to a friend of mine who doesn’t live in Lexington. She has posted pictures and escapades and gripes about Jake for several years. Through her postings I feel like I know the critter and he’s fine one.
I know of his dietary lack of discrimination. “If I can chew it and pass it, it’s food.”
I know of his utter and violent defiance of screen doors. This stems from his belief that if aliens (or Russians) wanted to infiltrate our country, they would come disguised as screen doors.
I recognize (from afar…far far afar) his olfactory ability to locate patches of otherwise unidentifiable dead things (Charnel No. 5), and roll with vigor, applying them liberally until said olfactory abilities have been obliterated.
Now that is a REAL DOG.
That is a dog’s dog.
I’m a fan.
I understand Jake is going through a tough time right now. That means my friend and her family are going through a tough time.
If you would, send some good thoughts their way.
Zeke’s a fine dog. There’s not much better to be.
And I’ve never even met the guy.