Dogs have lived and worked, in addition to their roles as companions to humans, earned them the unique nickname, “MAN’S BEST FRIEND”.
Have you ever wonder where the old saying, “A man’s best friend is his dog,” came from?
In 1821, a US newspaper appeared in print in The New-York Literary Journal, Volume 4:
The faithful dog – why should I strive
To speak his merits, while they live
In every breast, and man’s best friend
Does often at his heels attend.
In 1870, a farmer in Warrensburg, Missouri by the name of Charles Burden, whose favorite hound, Old Drum, was shot by a neighbor & brother-in-law, Leonidas Hornsby.
Hornsby had sworn to shoot the first sheep-killing dog that came onto his land and carried out his threat when one night a dog was found prowling in his yard.
That dog was Old Drum.
Picture extracted from: www.phrases.org.uk
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