web analytics
January 26, 2015 / 6 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


I Love Labs

I Love Labs

Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

This was supposed to be a picture of President Barack Obama delivering remarks on the Affordable Care Act’s Medical Loss Ratio Refunds, in the East Room of the White House, July 18, 2013. But it became, instead, a picture of a blind lady having a private exchange with her seeing eye dog. And not just ant dog – a Labrador Retriever.

We live in an apartment, and so I wouldn’t dream of keeping a pet dog here—we settled for two lovely cats instead. But if things were different, oh, man, I would so go get me a lab. There is nothing in the world as beautiful and sweet as a lab. They are the most popular breed in Israel, they are the friendliest dogs bar none—92.3% of Labradors who were tested passed the American Temperament Test—and they’re responsible and ethical, I kid you not—60–70% of all guide dogs in Canada are Labradors.

There’s a kind of silent exchange going on between the dog in the picture and her owner, who is, presumably, blind (Is that still an ok word to use? Should I have written sight challenged instead? One never knows these days). Is the dog being critical of the president’s speech in the background? Was she putting down the White House dog? I so would have dug it if she gave out a yelp in the middle of the speech… I know I would have…

One Shabbat afternoon I was leaving the Stanton Street Shul and there was a lady outside walking her puppy lab, all gushy and happy (the puppy, not the lady), with its huge puppy paws that you know are going to become the paws of a really big dog. I was struck by the notion that what I was seeing was the quality of doghood in the universe. That when God decided to make a world, this is what He had in mind when He thought “Dog.”

Labrador puppies represent the quality of doghood in the universe.

Labrador puppies represent the quality of doghood in the universe.

 

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

3 Responses to “I Love Labs”

  1. Lynda Bazant Herndier says:

    Nice article. These guide dogs are so good. I love having them and their owners on my bus.

  2. For Lab lovers, a visit to the 'Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind' is a must. You can pet the dogs in training, and see puppies and grown ups. http://www.israelguidedog.org

  3. Our black Lab runs the house. She is our watchdog, our entertainment and her "zest for life" keeps us young. What the story shares is so very true.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Amazon drone delivers to the door..
Drone Found on White House Lawn
Latest News Stories
Tahir Square in Cairo in 2011 - and 2012, and 2013, and 2014 and 2015.

As they say in Egyptian, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen of the far right National Front party.

French far-rightist politician Jean-Marie Le Pen suffered a face injury.

This iPhone model is already considered nearly obsolete.

Apple may have handed the Chinese government access to the software used in its iPhones.

Was it a toy? A test by Al Qaeda? Or maybe Amazon got the wrong address?

ISIS-linked cyber terrorists promoting a ‘Cyber Caliphate’ were busy early Monday hacking the website of Malaysia Airlines.

Canada’s Conservative government is set to consider new anti-terror legislation by the end of this week, following some nations in Europe.

The Old City of Jerusalem is made up of multiple cultures living side by side, in various degrees of conflict and cooperation.

IDF soldiers were dragged to missionary evening of ‘appreciation’ for soldiers who fought in Operation Protective Edge last summer in Gaza.

Israeli President Ruvy Rivlin met in New York with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

For the first time in five years, Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror government allows Israeli imports.

The northeastern United States is gearing up for what may be one of the biggest blizzards in the past half century.

If US Jews were to make Aliyah at the rate the Jewish Agency expects from France, Israel would have 1 million more Jews.

Iran allegedly is plotting to assassinate the sons of the current and former Israeli prime ministers.

The White House is passing up the opportunity for Obama’s first meeting with the new Israeli president.

Northern Israel is on a high tension wire. The IDF temporarily closed roads Sunday because of a reported “security incident.”

More Articles from Yori Yanover
rain ATM

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last […]

Rabbi Meir Mazuz (seen visiting a synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn) declared in a public Internet psak that it is legal for a Jew to go up to temple Mount.

Needless to say, Shas, the Haredi Sefardi party, is not happy.

“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”

Here’s the Israeli Navy boat INS Hanit arriving in Eilat on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after capturing the Klos C, which was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied weapons made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip. Here’s Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg speaking with the INS Hanit soldiers in […]

Pat Condell has a new video out, so, sit back, have fun. By the way, Message to Offended Muslims should not be confused with Message to Off Handed Muslims. Also, I’d love to hear what he has to say about Haredim.

The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014. But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and […]

We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.

An Israeli female soldier (because they’re better at removing babies from their homes) evacuates a baby from a settlement in Judea and Samaria some time in the recent past. I’m thinking, if the baby was angry enough, couldn’t he evacuate in return, right there in her arms? Imagine the same picture, except with a settler […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/photos/i-love-labs/2013/07/19/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: