Fun Facts: Puppy Day

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“Man’s best friend” is his dog

Where does this expression comes from?

The phrase goes back to a 1870’s court case

In the 1870’s Missourian, George Graham Vest represented a farmer who claimed that his dog, Old Drum, had been killed by another man. He was suing for damages

During Vest’s closing argument he said: “The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.”

Vest won the case and 90 years later a statue of Old Drum was erected on the Johnson County Courthouse lawn

The phrase “A man’s best friend is his dog” has been said many times since

Maybe he would have made more money if he copyrighted the phrase instead of suing the guy ?

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