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Ode to the Dog

In troubled times, having Man’s Best Friend around helps us a lot. Many poems have been written about dogs, but this pithy paean by Ogden Nash says it best:

The truth I do not stretch or shove
When I state that the dog is full of love.
I've also found, by actual test,
A wet dog is the lovingest.

Humans have been making artistic tributes to their dogs for a long while. In 1774 archaeologists working in Italy near Civita Lavinia unearthed the oldest-known canine sculpture: a pair of marble hounds, circa 1AD—199AD. The dog spirit represents love, protection and loyalty, and ornamental images of this benevolent presence have graced gardens for at least 2000 years.

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