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Man’s best friend

We’ve all heard that a dog is “man’s best friend.” Curious about how the term came about? Well, in 1870 a case involving the purposeful shooting death of a hunting dog was taken all the way from a civil court to the Supreme Court of Missouri. In his closing argument (which won the case in the civil court), George Graham Vest, the plaintiff’s attorney, eloquently spoke about our bonds with our dogs. William Safire, the late (and great) writing/word maven, claimed it was “one of the best of the millennium” ( The following is the speech, also called the “Eulogy …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Nov 7, 2013 06:35PM Published Nov 7, 2013 06:35PM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.