Judge of Character

By Peter Darcy | On May 12, 2015 | No Comments | In Dogs

Trixie – an incredible judge of character:

Even serial killers have dogs they love and that return their affection, thought it’s difficult to imagine John Wayne Gacy knitting a sweater for a Chihuahua or Jeffrey Dahmer taking time away from his collection of severed heads to frolic in the park with a Labradoodle.

Perhaps Stalin’s dogs had to love him or otherwise be shipped to a Siberian forced-labor camp, but no doubt they would have loved him without the threat of a life sentence to a Gulag. Consequently, we are not on solid ground if we insist that dogs are better judges of character than are human beings.

Yet I’ve heard people make this claim many times. And we have all seen movies in which only the dog recognizes that the new babysitter is a bug-eating psychopath or that the genial neighbor in the cardigan has been replaced by a shape-changing alien with an appetite for human sweetbreads.

Nevertheless, over time I learned that Trixie was an uncannily good judge of character with both humans and canines.

[Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog, Hyperion: New York, NY, 2009.]

Written by Peter Darcy

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