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Sen. Robert Byrd on Dogs

August 1, 2010

Senator Robert Byrd

Robert Byrd was a United States Senator for 51 years.  Byrd was one of the most gifted orators this country has ever known. He cared deeply about animals and loathed animal cruelty.

This is an excerpt from a July 9, 2001 speech he made on the floor of the senate. The entire speech can be read at:

Dogs have stolen our hearts and made a place in our homes for thousands of years. Dogs fill an emotional need in man and they have endured as our close companions. They serve as guards and sentries and watchdogs; they are hunting companions. Some, like Lassie and Rin Tin Tin, have become famous actors. But mostly, these sociable little creatures are valued especially as loyal comforters to their human masters. Petting a dog can make our blood pressure drop. Try it. Our heart rate slows down. Try it. Our sense of anxiety diminishes, just goes away. Researchers in Australia have found that dog owners have a lower risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol levels than those people who do not own dogs. Researchers in England have demonstrated that dog owners have far fewer minor health complaints than those people without a dog. Our dogs are about the most devoted, steadfast companions that the Creator could have designed. They are said to be man’s best friend and, indeed, who can dispute it?

The affection that a dog provides is not only unlimited, it is unqualified, unconditional. A faithful dog does not judge its owner, it does not criticize him or her, it simply accepts him or her; it accepts us as we are, for who we are, no matter how we dress, no matter how much money we have or don’t have, and no matter what our social standing might be or might not be. No matter what happens, one’s dog is still one’s friend.

A long, frustrating day at work melts into insignificance-gone-with the healing salve of warm, excited greetings from one’s ever faithful, eternally loyal dog…

…So, just a little pat, a little treat, a little attention for the dog is all that a pet asks. How many members of the human species can love so completely? How does man return that kind of affection?…

…And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the Earth.

Thus, Mr. President, God gave man dominion over the Earth. We are only the stewards of this planet. We are only the stewards of His planet. Let us not fail in our Divine mission. Let us strive to be good stewards and not defile God’s creatures or ourselves by tolerating unnecessary, abhorrent, and repulsive cruelty.

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  1. Carolyn Baylies permalink
    August 27, 2016 1:18 AM

    I agree Totally with Robert Byrd. He knows dogs the way all people should. More people need to give a homeless puppy or dog, even an old dog a happy home. There are too many dogs being abused. Just go to the Phillipenes. It’s horrible what they do to these poor, helpless animals. So sad. So, if you have room in your heart and home for a dog, please go to the kill shelters to adopt one. These shelters need to be shut down. We need more no kill shelters because the money that is spent on these horrifying kill shelters just to murder these precious dogs, should be spent on building new no kill shelters. Doris Day has been an advocate for saving the lives of these precious dogs. Please adopt. I saved 7 dogs and kept all 7 of them and they were so happy to be out of the pound that was going to kill them. Thank you for your time! Carolyn Baylies

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