“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
~ Charles de Gaulle (former President of the French Republic)
It’s always nice to take the weekend off for rest and relaxation to spend time with family, if one is on speaking terms with them; friends, if, once again, one is on speaking terms with them, or with the members of the Asylum we prefer to share life with – the canines.
Canines don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t play Jedi mind tricks on us, don’t go to safe spaces when things aren’t going exactly their way, don’t conjure up and broadcast doom and gloom but are, for the most part, cheerful, loving, playful, entertaining, endearing, loyal, honest and true to their nature. In our humble opinion, they are one of God’s most magnificent creations.
Compared to humans, who can (and do) give one another pain, heap doses of misery upon each other, cheat, lie, deviously concoct fairy tales to scare the bejesus out of everyone; pit neighbor against neighbor, race against race, religion against religion, country against country and do war upon one another – canines are by far, the more “together” species.
Consider what our fellow human travelers at CNN headline:
Russian military aircraft were spotted flying off the coast of Alaska for the fourth time in as many days, a spokesperson for the North American Aerospace Defense Command told CNN on Friday.
The two most recent sightings occurred late Wednesday and on Thursday, with the first involving two IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft and the second involving two Tu-95 nuclear-capable Bear bombers.
Enough to make one head for the nuclear shelter. But wait…there’s a bit more to it:
Moscow, for its part, said it “regularly carries out patrol missions above the neutral waters of the Arctic, the Atlantic, the Black Sea and the Pacific Ocean.”
“All such missions are carried out in strict compliance with international regulations and with respect to national borders,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a written statement.
But this week’s encounter plays into a larger effort by Russian President Vladimir Putin “to prove Russia is back in the game,” according to Howard Stoffer, a former State Department staffer.
“This kind of cat-and-mouse stuff has been going on for a while now,” Stoffer told CNN, adding that Putin “is trying to put the US on notice that the Russians are everywhere and are back to expanding the limits of expanding their military power.”
Mercy! “the Russians are everywhere” – just please stop with this.
And then this gem from the Independent:
More Nato fighter jets are being scrambled to monitor and intercept Russian planes than at any time since the end of the Cold War as tensions continue to rise.
Around 780 deployments were made from European military bases last year in response to Russian aircraft, compared to just 410 in 2015.
After one read this, probably choking on their morning latte consumed in a nice and cozy coffee spot where trendies like to be seen in their morning garb that looks like its been their morning garb from the last 5 mornings in a row, their fears were somewhat tempered with the following:
Russian planes are not known to have violated international regulations or entered any EU nation’s sovereign airspace, flying instead into “identification zones” in international airspace that are monitored for security.
This probably allowed them to continue to sip their lattes with their trendy yet cautiously laid-back attitude, knowing that CNN and the likes have their back.
Yes, yes yes – a few Russian planes fly the skies in international airspace and it’s headlines news, nurturing the fear of anything “Red” but no problem when the US militarily invites itself into Syria, Afghanistan, Libya – anywhere it deems regime change necessary, or wants to get rid of a $100 million worth of Tomahawk missiles so that it can be a topic of discussion over dessert.
With the daily insanity we’re presented with each day, we here at the Asylum always turn to the dogs to get our perspective right. And for today, all we needed was water, a garden hose, an area to spray it…and Henry – the resident canine here at the Asylum – to provide simple pleasures and get our attitude groovin’ properly ~ Dogs Rule!
“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” ~ Gilda Radner (comedienne)
Henry and the Water Hose