sat back and watched TV coverage of Hurricane Katrina and tried to keep up with
PAWS. In between I talked to
some dog people and a few old codgers who remember how it “used to be.” So,
for what it’s worth, I’ve come to some conclusions about what you guys call
the dog game and about men today.
people want a big strong dog that can be the best dog in the show.
Well, that's what makes a man stand out too but men are not what they used to be. Like most males in the animal
kingdom, the human male is supposed to be the leader of his pack but today some guys can’t find the way
home. Can you imagine bumbling Dick Van Dyke commanding an aircraft
The human male
is a fine figure of
masculinity, handsome or not. It was easy to be a hero when you fought for what
you believed in and took
care of family. No wolves sniffing around this man's door.
We have a
lot of good young men defending us right now but most of them weren’t strong
when they went into Basic. Hell, some of them never did sports or even had
words with a classmate, then all of a sudden they’re told to hit somebody like they mean it. No, these guys were made into men
because when you’re in a real war, you fight, run, or die. You
could be scared, we all were, but if you ran, you might as well be dead
because it would haunt you forever. I look around today and I think a lot
of men have cut and run. Worse yet, nobody seems to care.
When I was
young, a man spoke his mind and didn’t lie to protect or advance
himself. He didn’t cheat and he didn’t like those who did. He was a nice
guy because he was brought up that way by a loving mother and a strong
father who did not equate being kind with being weak. Yeah, he
wanted to be John Wayne because he had noble heroes as examples. Like that Statler Brothers song I heard the other
day, I have to wonder “where have all the heroes gone?”
with Hurricane Katrina revealed a spineless bunch of politicians who put their
careers before the people they were sworn to serve
and protect. It seems to have brought out the best – and the worst of
humanity. While real men risked their lives pulling people to safety,
healthy young males sat on rooftops and railed at the
government. Or they loaded their shopping carts up and pushed them right by
the sick and the elderly, and yeah, the dogs swimming in water over their
Now I read
on this website all the things going on with PAWS. I talked to my
daughter about it and she is pretty upset too. I observed that it seemed
like the men have all decided it is easier to give in than to fight for
their rights or protect the future for their families. She says I’m
exaggerating and it will all work out. She believes the AKC will come in on
a giant ‘copter and lift us out of this mess.
I used to
tell her fairy tales. Now she tells them to me.
her why the clubs and the breeders don’t get their act together. She says
they will. I asked her who is running the show. She’s not really sure.
She said something about AKC is a club of clubs. So why don’t the clubs
just call a vote and if the members are against that PAWS legislation, then
they'll have to deal with why AKC is pushing for it. She didn’t know, she thinks
that is why clubs have a delegate. Okay, so that person is like your state
representative. I guess he represents the clubs like Santorum represents
people in Pennsylvania.
comes back to what I said. We have a generation of human males who are
afraid to stand up for anything. What was it Arnold called them?
Girlie-boys? After spending half a lifetime with my wife, I learned that
women will fight like tigers to protect those they
love. My daughter is more discreet and diplomatic but I suppose that's
the way of the world today.
So here we
are in a time of being “correct” whether politically or career-wise. Maybe
it is good to roll with the punches, to take what comes and make the best of
it. I suppose this PAWS thing is just a blip on the radar screen of social
change. It just bothers me that so many of us fought for freedom only to give it to
a bunch of people who reject it!
that I can see the picture so clearly, I think I’ll just keep on doing what
men do best. We go out and fight wars, bring food to the table, drink beer,
and watch NASCAR.