The longer I dwell on this unusual planet of ours, the more I am satisfied that there are some issues that I’m simply not meant to know!
Now, this is, I believe, an excellent factor, as it makes for a significantly less tense life than I used to tolerate in the days after I genuinely believed that all the pieces actually does genuinely occur for a reason.
Allow me to present an example.
For many years, I lived within commuting distance of Tokyo, and so that is what I did every day – I commuted.
Each morning, I left my shoebox at 06.fifty five, walked to the station and caught precisely the identical prepare at 07.08 (it was never late, in fact).
And, each morning, as I acquired on the Tokyo certain semi-specific practice, the identical, slight framed, fairly properly dressed businessman received off.
Wearing a wig.
With an all too obvious bald patch smack bang within the center, proper above his eyes!
This was a significant section of his wig the place there was not one single hair present, where the brown canvas beneath didn’t simply show through, but visually assaulted your eyeballs.
Did he know about it? How may he not learn about it, until there were no mirrors in hs dwelling (or, certainly, his whole world!)?
If so, did he care? Why was he sporting it within the first place?
Surely the thought of the wig is to cowl bald bits, not to accentuate and exaggerate them??
Now, please do not suppose I am insulting or mocking individuals who select to put on wigs or toupees.
I write these phrases as someone who is regularly likened to a billiard ball, so I understand all about baldness, although it has never particularly concerned me a method of the other.
Nevertheless, this man perplexed me for therefore, so lengthy, till finally I decided that short of asking him (and that was never going to happen, was it – especially in Japan) I would simply have to just accept the truth that I might never know the answer.
Which brings me to dogs that wear clothes.
Something that, once once more, regardless of how many years I nonetheless have on this planet, I will by no means understand, and have therefore formally given up trying.
And, in a somewhat spooky parallel with my erstwhile Japanese buddy – I by no means really spoke to him, in fact, however I began to think of him as my buddy – I can never actually ask a dog precisely why it’s that they gown up!
Now, I clearly accept that it isn’t Fido’s own decision to equipment himself out with a natty little tartan coat, any greater than these canines that you just see on supposedly comedic posters sporting sunglasses, actually believe themselves to look cool!
Furthermore, had been I to ask the house owners why they love to decorate up their 4-legged friend, I’m certain that I might obtain perfectly logical and wise answers, that dog garments are merely an outward sign of their love for their four legged kindred spirit, nearly like treating them like members of the family.
See, I assume that my drawback is threefold.
First, I live with my spouse, children and a very black, square built lump of a Golden Retriever, Bernese Mountain Dog cross referred to as Jack (my daughter was into that Beanstalk fellow at the time) in a spot the place temperatures, even at midnight on the coldest day of the year (if we had one) by no means, ever fall beneath mid 20’s levels Celsius.
Thus, he has completely no need in any respect for clothes, nor does any other dog on this country.
However, given a sure sort of dog (small, excessive pitched yap/bark/screech) and (much more relevantly) a sure sort of owner (previous, female, widowed, most likely quite lonely) then, even right here, they are dressed up.
Second, I grew up in England in those pre-Global warming days when winters actually have been winters.
Our terrier by no means had garments, and I strongly suspect that, if for some unusual reason some deranged Aunt had determined to start out giving Christmas presents of high fashion garments to the family mongrel, then his opportunities for train would have been severely limited by our unwillingness to be seen open air with him!
Not the performed thing in the industrial North of England in those days, I can assure you!
Thirdly, and at last coming around to the true purpose of this diatribe.
Check out a number of the myriad websites selling canine clothes. Now, I am not daft enough to mention any particular web site or sites, however take a look at among the slogans that these sites use.
They are all aimed at the dog himself, as if the dog can read the site, after which make his or her personal decision!
‘Purchase Solely The Best’, ‘High High quality Tartan Coats’ or whatever (and those are both, by the way, made up, or, no less than, I hope that they are!).
They don’t add the bit on the finish ‘For Your Dog’ or ‘For Fido’, which they might surely logically do if the location owner had been aiming to seel these clothes to the dog proprietor!
Do these people consider that it is the canine member of the family who makes the purchasing decisions?
In that case, then the world has indeed advanced much additional than perhaps it appears from my obviously limited perspective sitting here penning this!
But, learn a few of the plethora of websites on the market, and it is vitally arduous not to arrive at this conclusion.
The canine make the choices – not in the offhand manner that ‘house owners’ normally use to refer to Fido, viz, ‘oh, him, he just does what he wants anyway’ form of factor – however, proper down to actually controlling the household purse strings, and we, apparently, simply go together with and see nothing srange with this!
In which case, I believe that I have each justification for accepting that there actually are things on the market that I am not meant to know!