“If you want the best seat in the house, move the dog”
“I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.”
- Rita Rudner, comedian
“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of the whole human being.”
- Abraham Lincoln
Today, in conversation, I used the term ‘dog and pony show’ as in ‘David and Larry are going to do a dog and pony show on xxx.’ And then I got a question I didn’t expect – ‘what does that mean?’
The term dates back to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when there were many traveling circuses to entertain. It was often the dog and pony show that was promoted as a headline act.
As time has gone on, ‘to do a dog and pony show’ means to publicize a presentation that is designed to impress or sell a product. It’s debatable about whether the saying is one of scorn – some dog and pony shows could be well-researched and professional as well as glitzy, others not.
Once when I had remarked on the affection quite often found between cat and dog, my friend replied, ‘Yes. But I bet no dog would ever confess it to the other dogs.’
- C.S. Lewis
George Graham Vest was a politician and lawyer in the United States. This quotation comes from his closing arguments in a 1869 trial where he was seeking damages for his client, whose dog Old Drum had been killed by another man.
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.
“No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.”
- Louis Sabin
“Look at our relationships with other people. Most of us are not as dependable as animals.”
- Gregory Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society