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Dogs and Pipes
Monday, April 2, 2018 by Chuck Stanion
Many pipe smokers are dog lovers. Bring a dog to a pipe show and you'll meet everyone. It's no coincidence that when pipe tobacco ads were common, they often featured a pipe smoker in the fields with hunting dogs, or a pipe smoker in front of a friendly fireplace with a trusty dog resting nearby. Pipe smoking and dogs are a natural combination.
It may be an inherent love for dogs that leads some of us to the pipe, because dogs and pipes are remarkably similar. Both come in all shapes and sizes. Both provide comfort and companionship. Both can smell a little bad when not maintained.
Dogs and pipes enjoy different finishes; a standard poodle is rusticated, while a beautifully groomed Irish setter is a straight grain. Dogs and pipes can both be a little slobbery; pipe cleaners help with a wet pipe, but dog slobber still awaits a solution. Dogs and pipes both require frequent refilling, though a dog is somewhat more insistent.
"If we're sad, a pipe or dog consoles us."
Few of us have as many dogs as we do pipes. But the population of dogs in a neighborhood is similar to a pipe collection. It’s made up of dogs you know and like and interact with regularly, and a few that you avoid except under specific circumstances. When bad dogs leave a neighborhood and are replaced by good dogs, it’s like trading in a stubbornly non-compliant pipe for a new one.
Family dogs are like those few pipes we all have that are always happy to see us, always want to play or walk or just listen. Some pipes seem to sense our moods and adjust accordingly, like dogs. If we're sad, a pipe or dog consoles us; if we're happy, a pipe or dog celebrates with us. If it’s a regular day, both offer simple companionship.
Pipes and dogs both improve our lives, placing extraneous details in perspective, focusing our thoughts on pure emotions and the good things we enjoy. They help remove our thoughts from ourselves, immersing us in the pure, non-human relationships we cherish.
Cats, though, are different. Cats are diabolical rodents, oozing judgment and condescension, constantly planning a hostile takeover of the household and, eventually, the world. But that’s a story for another time.