Shaggy Dog

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A tramp, noting an advertisement in the paper for a large shaggy dog of a certain general description, simultaneously noted an enormous beast of that character trotting down the street. Since the paper offered a generous reward, the tramp seized the hound and made his way to the address given in the ad.

Upon reaching the appointed place he rang the bell. Presently a stuffy butler answered, and "sniffed" indignantly. "Yes?" said he.

"This is the lost dog you advertised for, "replied the tramp.

The butler summoned all his indignation and retorted, "Not so!"

"When we said shaggy we did not mean that shaggy?"

--------------- A Final Thought ...

"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog."

- Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. “Dogs and the Tug of Life,” in Harper’s (New York, Feb. 1975; reprinted in Heart’s Desire, 1988).