We all have heard the phrase “the dog is the man’s best friend“, although it seems to be an idea that accompanies humans and dogs since we started to live together, the truth is that this phrase was pronounced for the first time On September 23rd, 1870 in a US trial, by the lawyer George Graham Vest.
The dog of Charles Burden, his greyhound called “Old Drum” was murded by his neighbor Leonidas Hornsby in cold blood. At first the neighbor said that it was in self-defense, but Burden discovered that he was lying and sued him. During the trial, the lawyer George Graham Vest gave a speech and everyone was moved. Burden won the trial and Hornsby paid a $ 550 fine.
The speech he gave was the following one:
“Gentlemen of the jury: The best friend that a man can have, can turn against him and become his enemy. His own son or daughter, whom he raised with love and infinite attention, can show him ingratitude. Those who are closest to our heart, those to whom we entrust our happiness and good name, can become traitors. The money that a man can have can also be lost when he needs it most.
“The only, absolute and best friend that a man has, in this selfish world, the only one that will not betray or deny him, is his DOG.”
If misfortune leaves his master homeless and without friends, the trusty dog only asks the privilege of accompanying his master to defend him against all his enemies. And when the last act comes, and death makes its appearance and the body is buried in the cold earth, it does not matter that all the friends have departed. There, next to the grave, the noble animal will remain, his head between his legs, his eyes sad but open and alert, noble and sincere, beyond death.