Man’s Best Friend

Much more than a pet

The commonly used phrase, “A dog is man’s best friend,” originated in the American Supreme Court in 1870 when a talented lawyer named George Graham Vest defended a man who deeply loved his Hound named Old Drum.


Vest argued that when a neighbour killed Old Drum for trespassing, the neighbour took the life of more than just a pet, he killed an important family member.

Vest famously stated, “The one absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world—the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous—is his dog.”

A friend and ally.

Dogs have proven themselves time and again to be loyal, kind, understanding, and have an indomitable spirit.

They greet us happily after what may have been the worst day of our lives and make us feel better with a wag of their tail and a playful grin.

Whether they’re herding sheep, hunting game, supporting people with disabilities, or simply acting as a companion unlike any other, dogs help humans with day-to-day tasks, many of which may not be possible without them.

Dating back to the 16th century, dogs have served as service helpers for the blind, and by the 1970s dog trainers developed techniques for dogs to assist people with disabilities.

As if those duties aren’t enough, dogs also help prevent possible crimes and save lives, as in the cases of drug-sniffing and bomb-sniffing canines.

German shepherds, a 200-year-old breed, are most commonly seen serving as canine police all around the world.