There’s no doubt about it, the world is going to the dogs. Long considered man’s best friend, the dog continues to work its way into the hearts and homes of more and more people around the globe. Not only has the canine secured his status in the home of its master, he continues to command better nutrition and healthcare than in any other period of his long social climb.
Conveniently, this upgraded benefits package seems to have accelerated shortly after the canines convinced us that along with this new consciousness it was high time that humans pick up and dispose of the waste byproduct from the more nutritious meals.
Another consequence of the canine’s rising status in human habitats is that more and more dogs are writing books or more likely, instructing their “masters” to do so from their viewpoint. Humans may put their names on such novels as The Art of Racing in the Rain or The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, but make no mistake, these humans write from the viewpoint of their canine handlers.
The favorite dog of America, the UK and Canada is the Labrador Retriever. The Labrador has many attributes: intelligence, strength, high energy and work ethic, socially at ease with humans of all ages as well as a few other species. These many qualities not only make for a desirable pet, but also highly functional companions and working dogs. Here is a pretty impressive list of famous Labrador Retrievers.
In my novel, When Truth Awakens, there is a black Labrador named Panther. He is the fourth in a succession of Labradors that Alex Dargill has owned throughout his long life. Like most companion dogs he will remain an unsung hero, happy to serve and love his master until the end.