It Really Is a Dog's Life After All, Charlie Brown!
You dog, you!
Linus has his dirty safety blanket and the US has their stockpile of dirty bombs; who is safer? We have been told ever since Charlie Brown had 5 hairs on his head (he now has 3, after so many decades of being 10 years old) that it's a dog's life. What makes this a dog's life? Some of us do love to have our tummies rubbed, our heads scratched and our bums patted. Others do like to be taken out for a walk now and then, just to get some fresh air. But, is this a species-specific trait, wanting to be like dogs, or at least live the carefree lives that dogs do? Do more men want to be dogs than women do? Or, are more men just plain old dogs to start with?
There are two basic rules for success in life;
He who has the most toys wins.
He who has the gold makes the rules.
Ever since we walked between Dino's legs on the plains, chasing turkeys and being chased by T. Rex's, mankind has always bestowed the highest honors on those who have made the most, saved the most, stolen the most or killed the most. That's why more people know who Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is than those who know who Charlie Brown, Linus and Snoopy are.
It's a sad, sad world, afterall.
Many Dogs Have Better Homes Than Some People Do
Here, doggy, doggy.
Most dogs have it pretty good. Those that don't make your heart weep, but when a dog has it really good, they show it. You never see a dog that lives with a big family of happy, healthy kids on a big farm full of squirrels and bunny rabbits that needs medication to deal with depression. Yes, they do have that, medication for doggies that aren't quite so happy. But, I digress (I do that a lot, it must have something to do with, ah, jeez, sorry, did it again. I do that a lot, and sometimes, oh, yeah, right...).
If you treat a dog good, love it, walk and run it and feed it well, you will have a loyal, loving best friend for as long as either the dog or you live. You can't say the same thing about people.
Please, if you have pets, remember that they will live on after you have died. They will miss you, but they will live on. Make provisions in your will for your animal companions to be cared for after your demise. Too many people die and leave their animals to be put down.
Not All Dogs Are As Smart as Others!
Help me get this money out of the country?
Just like dogs, some people are smarter than others. This does not, in any form, mean that they will be successful in life (the people, people!). To succeed and prosper in life takes either a focused drive, a lucky break or a really, really rich relative. BTW, I am the long-lost great grand-cousin of Warren Buffet, 13 times removed. He should have me in his will within a month, so here's the offer... if you give me $12.324 Million (CND funds, please eh?) right now, I will transfer my portion of his will to you. No need to pay those hefty legal bills for lawyers and whatnot, you can trust me. I have initials after my name and everything!
Why do people accept offers that they get in their computer's inbox, offering them $150 Million USD, where all they have to do is give them a $10,000 bank draft in order to setup the payment system? For that much money you'd figure that they would at least want to meat you in person. People are desperate, sure, but that's still no excuse to think that you could be that lucky, that you could be the only person that some miscreant from Nigeria has contacted? Maybe the phrase "I'm give you this special deal because the bank where I are the manager has to get this funds off the balance before the governmint comes to audit the bank" (as taken verbatim from an email I received) won't raise the alarms in your inner voice, but the spelling and grammar should tell you that you're not dealing with the average bear!
And each year, over 2,500 people fall for this one scam alone. There are hundreds of similar scams, pyramid schemes and other means of milking money from honest, trustworthy people who may be just one small nut short of a pecan pie. But, unfortunately, a lot of seniors fall for these scams.
How many dogs have been taken in by these scams? If you guessed anymore than zero, then I am the manager of a bank in Nigeria, and I need to get this money out of the country. Your name came up when I was checking online for honest, trustworthy people...
Basic rule in life;
Especially when dealing with someone you have never met in person, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. If you think "why me?" then you should have listened to that inner voice that was telling you that it was too good to be true. If you lose your life's savings, there really is no one to blame but yourself!