Saturday, January 21, 2006

New York Times editorial on accepting dogs' amazing abilities and one Wonderful Scottish Pixie

If you've ever seen a diagnostic dog in action, this editorial is no surprize nor revelation. The New York Times has a lovely and short editorial on how we forget how amazing are the animals around us in everyday life.

The writer discusses cancer-sniffing dogs but the piece reminds me of one outstanding little Scottish dog named Pixie. If I had not misplaced my new digital camera shortly after returning from Scotland I would be proud to post Pixie's picture on this or any site. Pixie was a black and tan mix of perhaps border collie and doberman or some other breed with the distinctive blanc body and caramel colored eyebrows. A delight to be around at any time but if one needed to learn just how disadvantaged we are as a species when it comes to natural abilities, spend some time with Pixie, her human companion Adrian Glynn and their friend David Mackie.

All three are absolutely delightful Scots but Pixie was the one who was always at work. You see, Pixie is a diagnostic dog. She watches over Adrian (who is diabetic) and David (who is epileptic). She constantly monitors both and makes sure both are cared for and about. When Pixie is on duty both Adrian and David are safer for it. And the world is a better place for all of us who believe in natural "magic."

No one ever mnetioned in Grimm's Fairy Tales that Pixies could be angels too.


Blogger HanktheDog said...

Would like to have met Pixie. I suspect many dogs have these abilities but haven't been trained to communicate or respond to their knowledge.

Mon Jan 23, 06:04:00 AM PST  

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