Gentlemen of the Jury: The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. A son or daughter he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us; those who we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors.
The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it 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 it's cloud upon our heads. The one absolute devoted friend that man can have in this selfish world...the one that will never abandon him.... the one that will never prove ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.
When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wing and reputation falls to pieces he is as constant in his love as the sun in it's journey through the heavens. If fortune drives the master forth and outcast in the world - friendless and homeless - the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger..... to fight against his enemies..... and when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in it's 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.
*Copied from Ann Landers column -(syndicated columnist with News America Syndicate)