A Canine Follower of Gandhi
We probably should have named our dog, Beau, a different name, such as Gandhi or (Martin Luther) King, because he is apparently a believer in passive resistance. I did not even know that he could read, but it is easier to believe that he read of the technique than that he invented it on his own.
Like the “sit in” protesters of the ’60s, Beau emulates Gandhi by going limp when confronted by “the law.” Remember how the protesters would force the arresting officers to carry them to the paddy wagon? Well, Beau reacts in a very similar manner when told, as he was on this very day, to get out of the driver’s seat of my pickup and go to the back seat in the “supercab” compartment of the truck. Instead of obeying, Beau went limp, which would not be a problem if he was smaller. A toy poodle or even a jack russell terrier could be picked up and placed where I choose. An 85 lb. lab is a bigger problem, especially when he presses his slumped body against his chosen seat.
So, I did what any other oppressor would do under such circumstances. I let him drive.