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Travels With Maggie: The Case of the Color-Confused Dog

Updated on March 28, 2019

Truth Through the Eyes of a Dog

Long walks are times of reflection for me. Besides being able to soak up the natural setting, and decompress from the slings and arrows of life, I am able to look inward, clean house, and shape my future on those walks.

And truthfully, the best teacher I have is my dog Maggie.

Maggie is a Northwest Farm Terrier, a rather new breed in the making, thirty years of mixing and matching to find the desired result, an example of man’s insistence on altering the Given to achieve the Desired. Whatever the goal was, for the original breeders, they came up with one hell of a dog. Maggie is a jewel.

Which makes what I’m about to write so mysterious.

Maggie May!
Maggie May!

The Oddity

Maggie does not like white chickens! I have no explanation for it; I simply know it to be true.

She likes black chickens just fine. She has no complaint about yellow chickens or brown chickens.

But white she does not tolerate.

Totally illogical . . . or is it?

Maggie has been going with me to the farm now for almost two years. I admittedly do not watch her every moment that we are there. I’m busy getting water for the birds, filling their feeders, and making repairs to the coops. It is entirely possible she was once attacked by a white rooster. It’s entirely possible that the color white frightens her on some metabolic level. These things I cannot say with any certainty. All I know is what I see, that this mild-mannered dog, a dog which can be trusted with little children and all manner of other creatures, does not like white!

Is one color better than another?
Is one color better than another?

Which Got Me Thinking, of Course

My dad was a racist! I would love to sugarcoat that statement, considering the fact that I adored and loved the man, but facts are facts. He hated blacks. He hated Japanese, and he hated Germans. Now the Japanese and German hatred I can understand, considering Dad’s time in World War 2. I can understand it. I can’t in any way condone it. But the hatred of blacks . . . that was a mystery for many years.

One day while thinking about his racism I remembered him telling me about the time he spent growing up in East St. Louis, some casual, offhand remark about race wars and blood flowing in the streets. I had to look it up, being a curious sort, and what I discovered confirmed that there were, indeed, major clashes between whites and blacks in St. Louis in 1917, two years before my dad was born. I can only surmise that my grandfather was somehow involved in those riots, was negatively affected by them, and passed that negativity down to his sons.

Understanding racism, but not condoning it!

I loved this man, but he was wrong!
I loved this man, but he was wrong!

Back to Maggie

So there is obviously a reason for Maggie and her dislike of white chickens. I’m just not aware of it. All I can do, with her being a dog and not a rational human being, is closely monitor the situation and make sure she does not become aggressive towards them. I cannot give her counseling. I cannot have a discussion with her about color-blindness or the power of love, she being an animal and all.

As for my father, well, I grew up with a mind of my own and no such negative experiences to mold me. I was a kid in the Fifties, a teen in the Sixties, and oddly I did not meet a black person until college, in 1966, at the age of eighteen. I attended Seattle University, which is located in the Central District of Seattle, and at that time the entire surrounding neighborhood was populated by blacks. I was suddenly thrust into a black environment, with nothing to guide me other than a willingness to learn.

A willingness to learn the truth!

College is a great place for that type of learning. Japanese, German, French, black, white, yellow, brown, all sharing the same dorm floor, all attending an institute of higher learning with the express purpose of learning facts and truths.

And one truth I learned those many years ago is we are all the same. At our core, when you strip away all the experiences and teachings and cultural bull, we are all the same.

Maggie doesn’t know that yet. I don’t know if she will ever learn that simple truth. There is no inherent danger to her from the color white. White, black, yellow, or brown, they are all just chickens doing their chicken thing. My dog will just have to fight through the negativity of her past and get beyond it, as we all must if we are to live together in any semblance of peace.

In the Meantime

In the meantime, me and Maggie will continue to do our thing. We will walk the country lane, enjoying each other . . . loving each other. I do not love her less simply because she does not tolerate white chickens. I’ll keep loving her and hope that my love, for her, will eventually change her behavior. In time she will come to realize that there are good white chickens and bad white chickens. She will see the same with black, yellow, and brown chickens, that the color has nothing to do with the quality of the chicken within.

That’s all I can do.

She is, after all, just a dog, and I am just a simple man.

2019 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      7 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Bill, it is well appreciated. And, thanks.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you for sharing your thoughts, Miebakagh!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      We do for sure, William! We do for sure!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks always Miebakagh!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I will never comprehend racism. Perhaps I'm not smart enough to do so, and that is fine with me. Angels winging their way back at you, dear friend.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      7 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, "bleed red" or "blood red" animals, birds, and humans are the same. But the issue of skin color is like the cloth we all wear. It is different and varied. So what I like, another may not like it. But animals or birds hardly think that way. Thank you for weighing in, and enjoy the day.

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      William Kovacic 

      7 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      One thing I've discovered in life, Bill, is that we humans may own different skin colors, but we all bleed red.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      7 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, "In time she will come to realize that there are good white chickens and bad white chickens. She will see the same with black, yellow, and brown chickens, that the color has nothing to do with the quality of the chicken within" This is the perfect equation we all need to see. It resolves any issues or challenges. Thank you, Patricia, for sharing.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 weeks ago from sunny Florida

      Absolutely----you said it so well--- I’ll keep loving her and hope that my love, for her, will eventually change her behavior. In time she will come to realize that there are good white chickens and bad white chickens. She will see the same with black, yellow, and brown chickens, that the color has nothing to do with the quality of the chicken within" Angels once again are bringing blessings and hugs your way ps

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      Ann Carr 

      7 weeks ago from SW England

      Oh! That's interesting. A 'snark' here is someone who grasses on another but that didn't seem to fit! I love these differences in language use!

      Ann

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      7 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Very well noted, please.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Snarky means the same thing as sarky, I guess. I've never heard of sarky. Evidently, Ann, we in the U.S. wanted to add a letter. :)

      bill

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      7 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Bill, thanks for weighing in. I always appreciated that.

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      Ann Carr 

      7 weeks ago from SW England

      Yes, I noticed the full name, that's why I like it - Rod Stewart rules!

      And yes, language can be a quagmire - thank goodness this was ok! I've had my moments on HP before, totally unintentionally, as you know!

      What does 'snarky' mean? Sarky I know - sarcastic - but I don't know 'snarky'.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, Miebakagh, thank you for working that out. Language is a quagmire at times. I'm always falling into it, and especially because of my quirky and snarky sense of humor.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Actually it's a good point, Sha...she does fine around the white horse...me thinks that white Rooster is the reason for her "phobia."

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      Bill Holland 

      7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann...actually her full name is Maggie May,from the Rod Stewart song, but we call her Mags for convenience sake. I'll tell her you like her dishevelled look.

      Have a great week, my friend

      bill

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      Ann Carr 

      7 weeks ago from SW England

      Phew! Glad that's ok. Just goes to show that words can sometimes convey a different meaning without facial expression or body language! Also shows that I don't know 'Animal Farm' very well!

      All the best to Miebakagh!

      Ann

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      7 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Ann, I was relating the theme in George Orwell's "AnimalFarm." Thank you. No offense of whatsoever. You are always welcomed and thank you.

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      Ann Carr 

      7 weeks ago from SW England

      I hope I have not offended Miebakagh, though the comment sounds as though I might have. I meant solely that I hoped Maggie was not going to attack any of the white chickens, i.e. that she could learn to like the colour of those chickens too! Nothing to do with race. I apologise if it read like that.

      Ann

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Isn't it cool how animals' behavior can send the human mind into a journey of perspective, wonder and inspiration? We can learn a lot from them.

      There's a reason Maggie doesn't like white chickens. I doubt it's the color, but the breed that happens to also be white. How does she react to other white animals? I think you may be right in surmising she may have been pecked by a white rooster. It would be interesting to observe her around other white animals to see if she reacts the same way.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      7 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      "I hope Maggie learns to tolerate white." Oh, when she become humanly-like?

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      Ann Carr 

      7 weeks ago from SW England

      Delightful story, bill! You skilfully use the analogy of dog and chicken to make your point in a fun way.

      Maggie looks great! I love dogs anyway, but I particular like dogs with a slightly dishevelled look; they have character. Lots of people say dogs look like their owners...... I'm not sure!

      I hope Maggie learns to tolerate white. Great name, by the way!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you liked it, Linda! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Li-Jen...thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL.....Sis, you "Make my day!"

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Mary, for sharing your experience. It's so important to tell our stories.

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      Linda Crampton 

      8 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting and creative article, Bill. I like the way in which you've compared Maggie's attitude to human ones.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      8 weeks ago

      Hey Bill. I like how one dog can inspire you to write a thoughtful and kind article. I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing!

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      Paula 

      8 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wicked I am. Thank you. Smile, Ole man....You & Clint Eastwood, vying for first place as Oldest Dad.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like the way you did this. It reminded me of how I was throust into a totally white community when I arrived in Canada and I have to say I kept my distance from anyone but years of good experiences moved me to appreciate my new community who have now become my family. Our experiences shape us so am sure Maggie will find her own comfort with the white chickens.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      You said a mouthful there, Heidi, about human DNA and color...when will we ever evolve into intelligent beings?

      Maggie says "thank you!"

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Karen! Much-appreciated!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh thanks a ton, Sis! Thanks a ton! This is the same kind of humor you stung me with when we were kids. You are wicked!!!!!

      LOL

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      If they only knew, MizB, we would see a lot more friendly roosters. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Sean, peace be with you. This is so simple to me...treat others with respect, compassion, and love....seems like it should come naturally for all.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, great comment. No wonder I like you so much. It's all about respect to me...I reciprocate in kind, no matter the color. As for Maggie's tail yes, that is a breed standard.....and thank you so much for taking on #3 and #4....you are a gem!

      Enjoy your weekend, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Shannon, not a novel but a great comment. These things are always on my mind.Why do people act the way they do? I had a great conversation with a barista this morning about legalized prostitution. She just came back from vacationing in Costa Rica, where prostitution is legal, and it really bothered her....anyway, I love the complicated creatures that we are.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      8 weeks ago from Chicago Area

      True, dogs are "color" blind when it comes to breed or species. But they are not "experience" blind. I tend to agree that, at some point, she may have had a negative experience with a white chicken. Now, out of fear of experiencing it again, her survival instinct kicks in and she has issues with them.

      Sounds like dad and grand-dad were responding in the same primal, reptile-brain manner. Sadly and surprisingly, human DNA hasn't yet caught up where color is no longer an issue.

      I'll look forward to reading more "Travels with Maggie" adventures!

      P.S. She's adorable!

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      8 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, Doris, I once kept and rear some roosters and hens for meat, now I no longer do that. But I will again later before the year runs out.

      I was not available when your rooster ends in the boiling pot, or I would love to feast with you! Ah Ah AH! I really loved a good plate of stew or soup with a lump of rooster meat. Thank you.

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      Karen A Szklany 

      8 weeks ago from New England

      Great hub with a great message, Bill! ♥️

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      Paula 

      8 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bro...I've thought about Maggie's issue with the white chicken. I do believe I have the answer you're looking for. Maggie is so smart, she sees this white chicken and your white hair.....she's convinced that chicken is your child and it's SIBLING RIVALRY! She's down right jealous! So, what-a-ya think? I just know I'm right. :) cause I know how she feels!

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      8 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      Ha, ha, I understand, my friend Bill. Grandma had the meanest Rhode Island Red rooster on the planet when I was an undersized 9-year-old. He hated humans, all of us, and he attacked me one time too many. He was sent to an aunt's farm, and the same thing happened there. He ended up in the pot. Tough old bird made my favorite dinner, chicken and dumplings.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      8 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      That's what I am talking about, my brother, Bill! Your ability to write about such significant matters with the simplicity of a tale, so that you can speak to the Heart of the reader! This is your gift to us! My ancestors Socrates and Aesop would be proud of you! Thank you for your piece of Love to this --desperately needing Love-- world! I thank Maggie too!

      “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

      ― Audre Lorde

      Any action of kindness, like yours, is a powerful prayer!

      Sean

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I wish she could speak, Flourish, so I could ask her what is up with that white problem.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Love you too, Sis!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Truth in that, MizB! All chickens of a particular breed will hang out with each other, and I agree with you, the reds are the meanest of all the chickens. The only rooster who will attack me is a Rhode Island Red. If he keeps it up he'll become a dinner. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes indeed, Pamela,we all bleed red. I love that line.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Seems like such an obvious truth, Dee, and yet so hard, for some, to grasp. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Paula 

      8 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Well....THAT explains it! Every woman understands bad hair days! LOL. Love ya.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill! Maybe I spend a bit too much time reflecting. I have a pretty active mind. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know what to tell ya, Sis...same dog. Maybe a different angle and she was having a good hair day! LOL Love, Bro

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for joining us, Nithya! You are always welcome.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, both matters may always be a mystery...it is such a complicated social issue.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      8 weeks ago from United Kingdom

      I see you're feeling philosophical today, Bill. I do so enjoy your musings. My parents were racist as well. However, since we didn't have a strong familial bond, and I'm the sort who wants to find things out for myself, the bigotry didn't pass down to me. I take people as they come. If they treat me with respect, I return it. If they're jerks, they'll not hear from me again. Simple.

      That is a really cute picture of Maggie. She has such an impish face. Adorable. I notice she has a long tail. Most terrier breeds I've seen have short ones. Is this the breed standard?

      Thought you might like to know, I just received #3 and #4 of your 'Shadows' series. I'm looking forward to seeing what Eli Baker & Co. get up to.

      Have a great weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 weeks ago from USA

      When you said she hated white chickens I immediately thought she was a chicken racist!

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      8 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Shannon, it is good to know all these. And you said it all right. At a personal level, some persons can not tolerate such incidents like you mistreat them. They can not get good with you. So whether we are animals or humans, friendliness matters and pays. Thank you for sharing your "novel" here though it is short or brief. Have a nice time.

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      Shannon Henry 

      8 weeks ago from Texas

      I think I've spent too much time in the sun this week replacing and painting the siding of three apartment buildings because when I saw your name in my notifications for new hubs. . .sigh. . .I thought it was Monday. Only for a second, but a second too long. LOL

      Maggie is a beautiful dog. Can't say why she has an aversion to white chickens, though. Daisy doesn't like other animals, period. Except for the puppy she came across the other day. Our guess is that she knew it was just a baby. When we first brought her home from the shelter, though, we had to keep the cats in the restroom during the day and then when she went to bed at night with the boys, we let the cats out. It took a good month and a half of that before she learned once and for all that she could not hurt the cats nor could she scare them into a corner and bark at them. It didn't help that one of the cats jumped on her face flying squirrel style the very first time she walked in the door. The cat landed on her face with her claws out. It was shocking, to say the least. A bit comical to us. Not so much to Daisy, but she'd already been returned to the shelter for not getting along with someone else's animals. We were determined to make it work. She's actually a really good dog and will back off an intended attack on another animal if we command her to. Can't take her to a dog park, though.

      Anyway, that's my roundabout way of saying that it could be from some previous experience. Or maybe not. I had a cat once that didn't trust men easily, for some reason. We got her as a kitten, though, and no one that I know of ever abused her. I had her (off and on since I couldn't take her to college with me) until my oldest son was born and she was too jealous to spend much time with me. She started hanging out with the neighbors.

      As for people, I suppose that on some levels I also understand why some people could be racist due to experience or because it's passed from generation to generation. To tell the truth, I knew of it as a child but never really understood it or thought much about it until I moved for college. I grew up in a major state university town that had residents from all over the world so I had friends from all over the world, especially in high school. It wasn't until I was student teaching in college and taking courses geared toward education that I began to understand how it factors into things like poverty.

      On a brighter note, your hub here reminds me of the last one I published about hope and paying it forward. Wait, you were there. You said a lot of hope, not a little. LOL. You remind me of it because the movie I mention in that hub is a true story. One of the scenes in the story is of Denver recalling a childhood experience involving the mother of someone he thought was a friend and of being dragged by the KKK. It was one of the reasons for his anger and dislike of white people. I guess if he could learn to trust and to love again then anything is possible, right?

      Sorry I wrote you a novel. G'night! It's after midnight here.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      8 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      Bill, Maggie is as cute as a bug's ear, as we say here in Arkansas. I haven't seen one like her before. Strange about the white chickens, but I would understand if she didn't like red chickens. They are aggressive. We have 2 reds (one a rooster) two barred rocks (one a rooster) and one white hen that was left behind from the possum raids. Our little white Henny is the tamest, sweetest and most laid back of them all.

      I've noticed one thing that humans have in common with those chickens. The colors stick together, red with red, stripe with stripe and poor little white one is left out and, I think, gets lonely. But unlike humans, it seems to be a pairing of preference, not hate, except they all hate the white one. Maybe it's just an animal thing.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      8 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Pamela, thank you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I have said for many years that we all bleed red. There is no room in my life for prejudice against any race. Maggie is an adorable dog and the fact that she does not like white chickens may remain a mystery. All in all she sounds like a great dog and companian.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      8 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Dianna, I agreed with you. We, humans, are all the same. Whether we are white, black, green, red, and yellow. Have you seen any of the last three skin? Thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 weeks ago

      You made a good point using Maggie's confusion of color. "And one truth I learned those many years ago is we are all the same. At our core, when you strip away all the experiences and teachings and cultural bull, we are all the same." So very true, Bill, so true.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      8 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      I agreed. As said in the animal farm: "four legs good."

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      Bill De Giulio 

      8 weeks ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. It’s amazing what we can learn from our four legged friends. I must say I miss my daily walks with our shih tzu, Gobi. I love how you can turn a simple task like walking your dog into a commentary on human behavior. As you have said, we are complicated. Have a great day, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! We humans are complicated animals, are we not? But we are also fascinating, and always fodder for my writing.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bobbi! Florida's backwoods are nothing like our backwoods here. I'm afraid your snakes alone would be enough to make me run quickly away. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know, Nell. As for my dad, I'll love all the good that was in him and forgive him his faults.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I totally agree with that perspective, Pop! Thanks for sharing it.

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      Paula 

      8 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bro.....Huh?? Maggie looks like an entirely different dog in this picture than she looks in the article you wrote prior to this one. Do you have 2 Maggies or do I need to get to the Ophthalmologist?? She's absolutely beautiful & what you have shared with us about her, has made me easily fall in love with her....(IYour stories have also made me pine for a doggy........boo hoo)

      Thank you so much for sharing your furry baby with us as we travel along. Love Sis.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 weeks ago from Dubai

      I agree with Dora Weithers, Maggie does not know. We as humans can definitely know and understand that we are all the same. Some just choose to ignore it and take an active part in racism. Great thoughts and walk.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Perhaps Maggie herself does not know why she doesn't like white; and perhaps the racists themselves are not sure why they hate the people they do. Wondering if we can alter their offspring's DNA to make a difference in the future.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I couldn't agree more, Liz. Thanks for walking along with us on this journey.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, I have no clue what's going on with her, but it is definitely not my imagination. Bev has noticed it too. Pretty weird but it probably isn't weird at all...it's just that I am not privy to the logic of it all.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      This story had me sitting here saying, " Yes more than a few times " I'm sorry your father was a racist, happy that you were not. When I was 4 years old the woman who took care of me while my mother worked was black, her name was N Ford. She pulled my first tooth with her finger's and fed me delicious meals, and I loved her. She was a cook part time at the VFW. My mother and she were good friends. I know some racist people, and I feel sorry for them. I MIGHT ADD THAT SOME ARE GOOD CHURCH GOING FOLKS. Maggie not liking white chickens is a hoot, but it was an excellent lead into this wonderful story. Thank you for sharing.

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      PurvisBobbi44 

      8 weeks ago from Florida

      Hi Bill,

      She is more than just a dog and my Kitty Baby does not like white either and I found it out when I put a white baby blanket on him last winter. He loves anything colored the brighter the better.

      And, we all know there is nothing simple about a talented man like you. Love your hub and it is great for you having an pal like your Maggie.

      Take Care from Florida's backwoods,

      Bobbi Hunter

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      Nell Rose 

      8 weeks ago from England

      That was fascinating Bill. About your dad, and your dog. I do wonder why that is with the dog? maybe white comes across as blurry to her or something, strange though.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Verlie! I loved my parents, but they were not the best role models with regards to inclusion of all.

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      breakfastpop 

      8 weeks ago

      I don't believe Maggie is a racist. She may have had a bad dream about a white chicken. Since she can't talk you'll never know. As long as she treats humans kindly, she's ok in my book.

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      Liz Westwood 

      8 weeks ago from UK

      I love the way you take a simple everyday task of dog walking and draw out a really meaningful message from it about equality. I was not a dog lover (probably scared by one as a child) but now I volunteer to walk our daughter and son-in-law's dog. There's nothing like a dog walk in the country for clearing the mind.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

      Absolutely delightful. I sure have no idea why Maggie does not like those white chickens. Perhaps she prefers brown eggs and knows these chicken only lay white eggs. Out of curiosity taking a look at what colors dogs see the best white was not mentioned. I remember somewhere in my past that someone once told me white was not even considered a color. I consider it a color so if you ever find out what Maggie is thinking I would be interested to know. As for me, the world is all the same color when it comes to humans.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for joining us, Linda! Maggie enjoyed her time with you, and she is appreciative of your words.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you always, Miebakagh!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      There would be some irony in that, yes, Eric! But somehow I doubt if it will happen.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sally! Hopefully, Maggie and I will learn together.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 weeks ago from Canada

      Morning Bill, great to see you and Maggie on your rounds. It is interesting to hear your history. Good work on today's 'lesson' in human decency and kindness teacher.

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      Linda Lum 

      8 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, what a beautifully told story. The truth of the matter is that our fear and/or hatred (really one in the same) of those that are different is as irrational as Maggie's loathing of white chickens. Take away the feathers and all chickens look alike. Under the skin all of us have beating hearts with the ability to love.

      I'm glad that you and Maggie have each other. These quiet reflective times seem to bring out the best of your writing. You relax and we reap the benefits.

      Have a wonderful rest of your week my friend.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      8 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Bill, I donot know that you are a farmer. Glad you are. And such a simple story too, you, maggie, and love! That's great. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Of course as I write this I am listening to "come together". Sometime ago when we were breeding dogs I found that they could not be human. But I could be a dog. I can be a child also. My Vietnamese wife insists that our son is half yellow. Yellow? Wouldn't it be queer if the boy hated another for their color?

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      8 weeks ago from Norfolk

      Having grown up in South Africa during the apartheid era I recall being told once that dogs that lived in the so-called black townships would only bark at white folk who visited while the dogs in the so-called white areas would only bark at black folk. Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason! I guess Maggie will learn how to live with those white chooks:) She sounds like a real character.

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