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A Canine Follower of Gandhi

Beau hat

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.

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5 thoughts on “A Canine Follower of Gandhi

  1. Wow, a dog that drives and follows Gandhi. You should let him go on a talk show sometime! I think he would be great!

  2. Good idea! He is waiting to go on the talk show circuit until after his book comes out. Last night, my wife started writing a children’s book about getting Beau/Gandhi/M.L.King from the pound, adjustment issues, and funny behaviors. The picture above is him with a hat of hers that he stole and “modified.” The pose illustrates his immovable slumped position.

  3. Sounds like he’s been driving for a while 🙂

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