I love dogs and the towns owned by them, always feeling reassured when you see dogs confidently, busily and independently trotting about the streets, checking that all is in order. And this description of them as moving about ‘like businessmen’!
I have a theory that there is a parallel society of dogs who actually run the world, but have the sense to give humans the illusion of being the master race. If you don’t believe me, look at how many people you see carrying baskets with dogs in them, in their cars, with their hands or on their bikes. You never see dogs carrying humans. How much time, effort and money do humans invest in buying and providing food and water for dogs, not to mention the billions of dollars spent in toys and dog-doctor bills?
And how many humans do you see following their dogs with a small plastic bag to clean up after them? From a Martian perspective, this alone would surely signal that humans are the subserviant species.
‘The dogs knew where everything was, and went through the alleyways behind the shops like businessmen.’
Source: Russell Hoban, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz (London: Picador, 1979), p. 10
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