Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Ogden Nash 's Dogs
In his twenties, Ogden Nash was a restless advertising copywriter who eventually struck out on his own. Yet his craft continued to display a knack for penning phrases that resonated and became part of the American lexicon.
"A dog is man's best friend" is one that continues to resonate. Nash's views on dogs have had a long lasting impact on others.
According to WTHR, Indianapolis, Ogden Nash was the first to characterize a dog as "man's best friend." It is in fact the first line of "An Introduction to Dogs". Annie Hillard, the Solitary Walker, shares her story of long term affinity with this poem in a recent post. Liesel's Garden Party features a fine picture collage to accompany these verses.
Nash wrote a lot about dogs, I won't try to capture all the verses here, but here are some lesser known ones first published in the New Yorker:
January 08, 1949
For a Good Dog
My little dog ten years ago…
August 21, 1948
Two dogs have I
For years we've had a little dog…
September 19, 1942
Please pass the biscuit
I have a little dog…
October 22, 1949
Love me but Leave my Dog Alone
Once there was a handsome man named Mr. Beamington and he…
July 21, 1951
Roll Over And Play Alive Or, Who Says You Can't Teach An Old Dog Tiresome Old Tricks
Brooks are often called rippling, but rivers are really…
October 12, 1957
Fellow-Creatures, Tray and Outre
The truth I do not stretch or shove…