The statement that Dog is man’s best friend was first recorded as being made by Frederick, King of Prussia in 1789. Why do we call them man’s best friend? We can learn so many things from a dog’s behavior, personality, demeanor, resiliency, and most importantly, the willingness to provide their family members with unconditional love, loyalty, and companionship down to their very last breath. In Homer’s Odyssey (c. 8th century BC), upon Odysseus’ return, his beloved dog Argos is the only individual to recognize him. Perhaps they are Gods in disguise?
It is said that giving up all their belongings and ties, the Pandavas, accompanied by a dog, made their final journey of pilgrimage to the Himalayas. Yudhishthira was the only one to reach the mountain peak in his mortal body, because he was unblemished by sin or untruth. On reaching the top, Indra asked him to abandon the dog before entering the Heaven. But Yudhishthira refused to do so, citing the dog’s unflinching loyalty as a reason. It turned out that the dog was his god-father, Dharma. The incident symbolized that dharma follows you till the end.
There are dog-friendly temples, and I visited one for the first time today. Trying to create more dog-friendly parks. Please donate!