A friend sent an email with collection of 35 “Wordless Photos”. This one caught my attention:
Posted by Adask on September 23, 2013 in Uncategorized
Tags: Man's best friend
September 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM
I’ll bet you that obahhhhhaaaaama is not in that grave
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:54:29 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 23, 2013 at 2:12 PM
If he were, I bet the dog would be giving him a three-legged salute.
September 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM
Truely, man’s best friend.
September 23, 2013 at 6:49 PM
Is this a cryptic communique to the effect that the phony “strawman” theory of the all-caps name is finally as dead as a dog?
If so, I approve this message. If not, I admit that its relevance escapes me.
September 23, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Martens: Then I think you have not had the pleasure, or blessing, of a faithful and devoted dog in your life. God must have given special consideration in creating such an animal. Dogs are a big part of our culture in America. In them God reminds us of His own loving faithfulness. And praise our Creator for that. If you love your dog and treat him with respect, he will no doubt long for you weeks after family and friends have dismissed you altogether.
September 23, 2013 at 11:59 PM
I’m also puzzled as to what a picture like this has to do with a blog like this. But then again, Mr. Adask’s ability to provoke reflection on a topic is no doubt a reason why we’re here.
At first I thought it was a reference to the US government’s inability to sell T-bills, as in “get a loan little doggie” is virtually dead. Then I remembered that “doggie” is actually cowboy slang for a calf.
Also, the dog is outside the grave. Does this mean the dog may look dead, and be in a place of the dead, but is really just napping?
It is indeed inscrutable.
I guess we’ll have to wait for Mr. Adask to break the suspense and reveal the meaning he intended this photo to convey, unless “wordless” is how it is always to remain.
September 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM
This reminds me of two of the hardest hitting photos I ever saw. (a note was attached to both of them, but the photos were TOTALLY SELF explanatory),
One was of a Lab, laying underneath the coffin of his NAVY SEAL buddy, at the Church, (where he stayed until the ceremony was finished, then followed along with the pall bears, got into the Herse, traveled with his buddy to the grave, and then, after his buddy was buried, he lay down next to the grave. His buddy’s family had to force him to leave with them.
The other one was of a very youngish wife, sleeping next to her husbands’ coffin, (again, in a Church or Funeral Home), while two Marines, (in FULL DRESS PARADE UNIFORMS), stood at attention,ALL NIGHT, at both ends of the coffin. The Marines had volunteered to protect her, during her vigil.
The pictures really needed no Captions, but they, nonetheless, did cause a greater impact of the solemnity of the moment.
September 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Photos likes these break my heart. If you don’t understand them you have never experienced the love and devotion of a great friend, that of a great dog. Dogs lack of higher reasoning makes it more tragic than a human to human loss in my opinion. I have lost many friends, family and loved ones but have never cried like I do when I lose a dog. A human can say they love you every day but it never has the profundity of that of a dog’s wordless affection.
September 24, 2013 at 4:28 PM
I salvaged two “mut” pups from a wild feral litter several years ago and true to form, become best [silent] buddies, BUT, when each and every [individual] Man understands and then IMPLEMENTS – by deeds – that Man’s best friend IS/SHOULD BE another Man/Men, each Man’s salvation is/will be at hand. The two elemental words to live by, friends: OBEDIENCE [ to the Creator’s laws] and SERVICE [to other individual Men and [wo]Men in immediate proximity that are in NEED!
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