Canine residents of the Global Village are loved and valued. No one knows exactly why this is or how it came to be, but it is indisputable.
While many human residents have difficulty obtaining affordable health care or even finding any health care services in the Village, Veterinarians abound. Perhaps it is because Doggie Health Care is not entwined with Big Government and the regulation that comes with it. Or maybe it is the result of the gratitude most humans have for these furry friends.
They serve us in many ways. Need a 24/7 Security Officer to protect your business facility? Get a dog. Need a live-in companion that offers unconditional love for minimal room and board? Get a dog. Blind and in need of a loyal and dependable guide? Get a dog. Need a courageous critter able to sniff out explosives or contraband? Get a dog. Need help finding humans buried in a landslide or the rubble of an earthquake? Get a dog.
Unlike humans, dogs will work long hours under stressful conditions, needing only an occasional pat on the head and enough food and water to sustain them. They do not complain, seldom get sick, and are fearless in the face of any threat. They can tolerate abuse from children and other family pets, but are quick to respond to threats from outsiders and malcontents. Most dogs will fight to the death to protect their human companions.
In the Global Village, value is measured in terms of need, availability, and best fit. Dogs rule in each of these areas.