I was going to write about a reaction I had to something on my Facebook wall, but instead I shall write about a conversation that just occurred here at work between two of my co-workers. I shall call them by the initials D and J.
D: All I’m saying is that big dogs are easier to train than little ones.
J: That’s not necessarily true.
D: Sure it is. If a small dog sees a threat, you can’t stop it from barking. But you can train a large dog to be quiet.
J: Again, I don’t think you can generalize like that. It depends on the temperament of the individual dog, among many other things. Look at the movies! You can get dogs of various sizes trained to do all sorts of things. It just depends on the trainer of the animal.
D: Well, you can’t just train any animal. Look at a snake!
J: Snakes aren’t dogs!
An alarm went off at that point, thereby interrupting what would have surely been a rousing rant from D about dogs, snakes, animal training, and knowing D, animal husbandry. But fortunately, by the time we were done with dealing with the alarm, D was sufficiently distracted that we did not return to the discussion.