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Divine Dogs; "Who can doubt the terrier eases the loss of Eden?"
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Mitchell, Henry
Date: Sep 17, 1987
Start Page: a.27
Section: OP/ED

Now the dark side of [Colman McCarthy]'s springlike freshness, which we expect from his usual columns, is an occasional hint from him that the eatingof sugar, the giving of tips in res-taurants and the keeping of dogsas pets are three of the most hei-nous examples of human evil. Until now, however, he was content to mutter about dogs. His clarion call to abolish them in our nation is something new.

Lord Byron, not always considered an ultimate authority on morals, nevertheless understood the inner beauty of the dog. He speaks of beauty without vanity, courage without ferocity and other high wonders he had remarked in life with Boatswain, his good Newfoundland. But if testimonials to the dog were collected there would scarcely be space in any library for lesser knowledge.

Undoubtedly we can insult or kill or ban the dog, but alas for the one by whom such coldness comes into the world. One can urge the sins of the dog more than those sins are. Yes, they eat their Mighty Dog, when some are hungry; yes, they void their waste as mammals do, and yes they yap at intervals or offer hymns to the pagan moon. But it is hard to see how one finds grace, who kicks a dog in word or deed, and such a person should think of that warning given by one theologian (in another connection, perhaps):

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