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Love of dogs

by: Paul W. Sharkey

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I got a kick out of your piece re: Jesus' love of dogs -- and was immediately reminded of Diogenes' reputed statement that "Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good but get the fewest rewards."

Also, we have sheep and a Great Pyrenees guard dog to keep them safe. Because of him (the dog) we haven't had to worry about losing any sheep. Perhaps Jesus should have had a dog???

Of course, the whole "Jesus loves you" thing is so confused, ambiguous and contentious that it is so devoid of meaning so as to allow anyone to "mean" by it whatever they wish. John 13:34 (Love one another as I have loved you) therefore leaves open a lot of interpretations, one at least of which is: "as you love a dog."

Actually, and to be honest, I think my dogs deserve -- a la Diogenes -- being loved more than some people I know. But then of course, I am also a philosopher!