25 Aibrean 2009
THE TALE OF THE DOG
In a previous life as an occasional columnist, it has been my experience that mention of dogs, cats or horses sparks off a warm and broadly positive response from readers. It is taken as a given that such initial mention is also positive and warm. It is safe to presume that negative or critical mention would produce a reply in similar vein. Anyway it is worth recording that blogs produce the same effect. Since my mention of Osgur and Snowie I have been overwhelmed by a variety of warm comments and some negative comment, amounting to a challenge of sorts. This challenges took two forms.
1. Did you admit to having a poodle?
2. Snowie is a Bisson Freize. He is not a poodle.
The first point ignores the fact that I made it clear that Snowie is not my madadh. This is not to concede that a poodle is any lesser a dog. In fact readers of the blog in question will have noted that I find Snowie to be an admirable mutt with all the finer qualities of the species.
‘Despite being a poodle’ detractors may suggest but this blog has no time for naysayers so I treat that suggestion with the contempt it deserves.
As an old friend of mine used to say. ‘I won’t even ignore that remark.’
His nickname, coincidently is the Dog.
The second point was made to me by very small people who are a very important part of my life. They are also the owners, if owner is the proper term, of Snowie.
Snowie stood still for all of two seconds to allow for this photo
‘Snowie is a Bisson Freize’ they declared to me.
Their interest in the matter is purely to do with accuracy. They have no macho hang ups about poodles. They are young ladies of the sensible gender.
So there you are dear readers. Isn’t it interesting that the mere mention of a tiny little dog would excite such controversy? That’s what makes conversation, or blogging, interesting. Everybody hears what they want to hear. It is also why dog is man or womans best friend. Dogs don’t answer you back.
'Isn't that right Snowie?'
‘What Osgur? What do you mean? You're not taking that sort of lip from a poodle!'