Man's Best Friend

Angelique NewmanStarred Page By Angelique Newman, 1st Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/vq2k14yn/
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One doesn’t have to mention who it is without knowing that it’s a dog. Here is the story and eulogy of Missouri’s Old Drum as well as an incredible example of “man’s best friend” in Japan.

Where does the saying “man’s best friend” come from?

In Sedalia, Missouri 1869, George Graham Vest was asked to represent Charles Burden and his dog Old Drum. Old Drum was a beloved hound dog that wandered onto his neighbor’s land and was shot and killed by Leonidas Hornsby; a man who swore to shoot the next dog who came upon his property after losing several sheep from various dogs.

The case was tried on September 23, 1870, Burden sued for the maximum allowed by the law of $50.00 for damages.

In the closing argument to the jury, Vest made no mention to the testimony offered during the trial instead he gave a “Eulogy on the Dog” (only a partial transcript had survived). It is from this tribute, the saying “Man’s Best Friend” is credited.

George Vest's closing argument

“Gentlemen of the jury: The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.

Gentlemen of the jury: A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to, to fight against his enemies, and when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death. “

Needless to say Vest won the case. A statue of Old Drum stands in front of the Warrensburg, Missouri courthouse.

Another dog who gained people’s attention

Hachikō

In 1924 Professor Hidesabuō Ueno at the University of Tokyo took in Hachikō, an Akita Inu dog as a pet. Everyday Hachikō greeted his master at the Shibuya Station after the professor’s day of work. They continued their routine until May 1925 when the professor one day didn't return where his friend waited. Professor Ueno died suddenly after a cerebral hemorrhage.

Hachikō was given away after his master's death only to escape time again to return to his old home. Eventually he realized that his master no longer lived there and returned to Shibuya station where he had accompanied his friend so often in the past. There Hachikō continued his long wait for his owner. For nine years Hachikō waited at the station for his master to return.

Commuters couldn't help but notice Hachikō and how he returned precisely each day at the station when the train was due. They remembered him with the professor and knew who he was waiting for. They brought food to nourish him through the years that followed.

Sadly, Hachikō died on March 8, 1935; his heart infected with filarial worms and in his stomach were 3 to 4 yakitori sticks.

Hachikō's faithfulness to his master inspired the people of Japan and in April 1934, a bronze statue of Hachikō was placed at Shibuya station. Because of WWII the statue was recycled for the war effort and later replaced in 1948.

We can only hope master and best friend were reunited, never to be separated again.

There are countless stories of the incredible bond between dog and man. How much do these furry canines understand? One would be surprised; just look at your dog and see how he/she communicates with you and remember they love you unconditionally.

Movies inspired by these beloved dogs


The Trial of Old Drum. A 2000 movie, starring Scott Bakula, Bobby Edner
Video trailer:

Hachi: A Dog's Tale. A 2009 movie, starring Richard Gere, Joan Allen

Video trailer:

Sources,

http://www.city-data.com/forum/dogs/552135-old-drum-origin-mans-best-friend.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachik%C5%8D

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Akita Inu, Dog, George Graham Vest, Hachik, Hound Dog, Japan, Mans Best Friend, Missouri, Old Drum, Pets, Richard Gere, Scott Bakula

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author avatar Angelique Newman
I'm a writer, blogger and a member of RWA. I'm interested in the environment and when I'm not writing I'm usually spending time with my family.

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author avatar aden kendroemen
2nd Nov 2010 (#)

This was deeply moving, thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Angelique Newman
2nd Nov 2010 (#)

Thank you for your comment, it's greatly appreciated:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
2nd Nov 2010 (#)

A very moving story Angelique. I have seven cats and two dogs up here on Walch's Mountain and they are like members of my family. For someone to kill one of them would be the same as killing one of my children or grand children. There would be a trial but not in a court of law. It would be a trial Indian style. A trial of combat and it would last for as long as it takes me to break every bone in their bodies with my bare hands and feet.

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author avatar Angelique Newman
2nd Nov 2010 (#)

Originally I had started to write on another article when I came upon Old Drum's story and I was compelled to write on it.

I believe animals are like children;they are pure in heart; in need of someone to speak out for them.

Thanks for your comment and taking the time to look at my article.

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author avatar ppruel
3rd Nov 2010 (#)

Nice presentation Angelique. Congrats for the star!

An article packed of facts...

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author avatar Angelique Newman
3rd Nov 2010 (#)

Thanks ppruel; greatly appreciated :-)

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author avatar Denise O
3rd Nov 2010 (#)

Angelique, just a very moving piece.
The dogs that I have been so lucky to have in my life, are my family, through and through.
Loved it hon. Congrats on the star, it is well deserved.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Angelique Newman
3rd Nov 2010 (#)

Thanks Denise, I agree with you about pets being family. They sure have character and warm your heart with their antics :-)

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author avatar Denise O
17th Nov 2010 (#)

Angelique, you got that right.
We have had a few furry members of our family over the years but,
the warmest and sweetest relationship to me.
Has always been the one between my son and his dog.
My son's best friend passed last year.
Marcus was 28 and Boo was 14+ years old at the time.
It took a piece of Marcus's heart but, in turn...
Boo gave him so much more in the long run, my son told me.
You just gotta love a boy and his dog.
I am back after a sickness spread through my home these last few weeks.
I just had to stop by this story one more time.
Thank you.:)

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author avatar Angelique Newman
17th Nov 2010 (#)

Denise I hope all is well at your home and everyone is feeling good again.

I'm so sorry to hear about Boo. 14+ years is fairly a good age for a dog but still time passes by so quickly; in a blink of an eye and 20 years pass by. Our pets are with us for such a short time--it is truly heartbreaking.

I'm glad Marcus and Boo found each other and shared such a special bond. It is so sad when the time comes to part ways but I believe we will all meet up again one day.

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author avatar D in The Darling
28th Nov 2010 (#)

I envy those that have had good relationships especially with dogs. Wonderful intelligent, animals but sometimes you just can't tell what gets into their heads! Last year I attended a funeral, a friend lost his only child that was mowed down to death by their dog! I'm still in pain and my wife is still traumatized, I nearly lost my wife. She got bitten by two neighbor's. I had sworn never to talk to them ever again, I think I'm slowly coming around. I have been giving their son a lift to school and he comes once in while to to our home to play with my sons. So, please love your dogs and take care of them so that they don't become a menace and a danger to anybody!

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author avatar Angelique Newman
28th Nov 2010 (#)

That's such a tragic story dinthedarling. I'm so sorry to hear about your neighbor's child and your wife.

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author avatar D in The Darling
1st Dec 2010 (#)

It happens! Such is life!

But that doesn't change the quality of your article; it's great!

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author avatar Angelique Newman
1st Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks dinthedarling, much appreciated.

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author avatar hieroglyph
17th Dec 2010 (#)

Interesting focus... Thanks for sharing Angelique!

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author avatar Angelique Newman
19th Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks hieroglyph :)

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author avatar Katrina
22nd Dec 2010 (#)

No doubt, Dogs are man's best friends. Great article!

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author avatar Angelique Newman
23rd Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks Katrina; I truly appreciate it :)

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author avatar JoeStone
26th Dec 2010 (#)

That is a great story! I hope you continue writing!

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author avatar Angelique Newman
27th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you JoeStone :)

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author avatar Retired
27th Jan 2011 (#)

Very nice work.

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author avatar Angelique Newman
27th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you Martin; and thank you for stopping by :)

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author avatar chalam
10th Feb 2011 (#)

Dogs show unconditional love like no other living being.

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author avatar Angelique Newman
3rd Jun 2011 (#)

They're truly special. Thank you chalam for stopping by :)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
3rd Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you Angelique for an incredible read, this was just what I needed at this point in my life, a reminder of my little dog "Bisto's unconditional love:-))

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author avatar Angelique Newman
3rd Jun 2011 (#)

Thanks Tranquilpen, our pets give us so much joy... Loving us unconditionally and with a pure heart. They're truly a gift :)

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author avatar Denise O
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Angelique, I am once again fighting off a sickness. Funny, the last time I posted here, apparently I was sick then also. The only bad thing about having grands, they go to play dates and they get sick. Us Grammy's just can not help but kiss the sweet angels when we see them, sick or not and yes, we then catch their sickness, UGH! This is what happened almost 2 weeks ago but, I have to say, after this bout, I just might have to refrain from the kissing next time. This one took me in a very bad way. I am recooperating and plan on being back in the next week. I am going to be finishing up a story of my son and his dog Boo. One I have yet to finish, that is still in draft stage and has been for at least 8 months. I would love to add this link to my page about Marcus and Boo when it is finished, would you mind?
Let me know when you can. Thanks hon.:)

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author avatar Angelique Newman
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Of course Denise you're more than welcome to add this link and thank you for remembering it :)

I hope you're feeling better soon; I know how it is with children, I pick up colds from my nieces and nephews too but it's so worth the kisses and hugs:)

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