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Liberty!! So simple, even dogs get it!!

Christopher Harris

March 23, 1775 could really be called the day that the spirit of Liberty began in America. That was the day one of our nation’s Founding Fathers gave one of the most famous speeches in American history. This was during the precarious time leading up to the beginning of the Revolutionary War, when many people were on the fence about this whole “Liberty” thing. In fact, it was well over a year prior to our Declaration of Independence being drafted and signed. But that day, in St. John’s Church, in Richmond, Virginia, Patrick Henry probably single-handedly put a spark to the dry kindling laying dormant in the heart and souls of his countrymen by saying:

Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Now what does that have to do with a dog? Well, nothing really. I was just looking for an excuse to sneak in a quick history lesson, while sharing a great video of a clever dog escaping from its kennel.

But on the other hand, maybe there is a correlation. What if you do watch this video, and start thinking about Liberty and Freedom? What if there is a lesson to be learned from this little dog?

I ask you, “What do Liberty and Freedom really mean to you?” Furthermore, “Do you value your Liberty and Freedom enough to do virtually anything to gain or regain them?” And finally, I ask, “Do you have a ‘Whatever it takes’ mentality when it comes to gaining, regaining, or protecting your Liberty and Freedom?” Or, “Has The Left done a thorough enough indoctrination of you, that you no longer value Liberty and Freedom?”

Let me first make something perfectly clear. My wife and I are HUGE dog lovers. We aren’t those PETA morons, or anything silly like that. In fact, the only reason we don’t have multiple dogs right now, is that we don’t feel that our current lifestyle is conducive to having a dog, and we don’t think it’s fair to keep a dog cooped up in a kennel all day long while we are away from home. But trust and believe, once we get a house with some land, there will be multiple dogs in our family.

That being said, it’s interesting to think that all domestic dogs, from the biggest Mastiff, to the smallest Chihuahua, are from the Family of Canidae, the Subfamily of Caninae, and the Genus of Canis. This means that they are in the same Genus as wolves in the wild. Domesticated dogs generally live pretty easy lives. They generally don’t even have to work in order to eat, or have shelter. Their masters generally provide everything for them, in exchange for obedience, loyalty, and companionship. By comparison, wolves in the wild are in a constant struggle for survival, and they have to work even harder to thrive and prosper, because no one gives them anything. In fact, there are other animals who don’t want them to survive, because that means they have to die, in order for the wolves to survive.

I found this great blurb on Wolf Country.net that gives some interesting facts about the Life Span of wolves in the wild.

In the wild wolves can live up to 13 years or more, in a protected wolf park or a controlled area of land, a wolf can live to be up to 16 years old. But most wolves usually live to be to around 8 years of age. The record wolf life span is about 20 years of age. Life in the wild is difficult for the wolf, with human population taking up more and more wolf habitat, and with those who would kill the wolf, a long life span is unlikely. In a controlled environment they can live longer because they are safe from the outside dangers of traps, snares,enemies and poisons.

What was interesting about that, is that for most domesticated dogs, their lifespan fits in that same range. So when it’s all said and done, the average domestic dog doesn’t live any longer than the average wolf in the wild. And who’s to say that they actually live a better quality of life? The difference is, thousands of years ago, a few Canis allowed themselves to be domesticated. In short, they gave up their Liberty and Freedom, for the promise of a regular meal.

Well, it seems like this determined pooch would agree with Benjamin Franklin when he said, “They that can give up essential Liberty to obtain a little safety deserve neither Liberty nor safety.” I think this this pooch is saying, Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!  Either that…or it’s just a really cute video of a precocious dog.

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