From the Truth is Stranger than Fiction Desk: Last night were the Congressional Canine Awards. . .
At the awards ceremony, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer eulogized his late dog, Charlotte, declaring: “God invented dogs for us, to give us the kind of uncompromising love that human beings need, and we in turn give them the same kind of love.” Michael Markarian, President of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, finds this heartwarming and posted the video of Hoyer’s remarks on his blog.
Even while acknowledging Mr. Hoyer’s laudable devotion to Charlotte, I find all of this disturbing. I can’t decide what bothers me more: that Congressman Hoyer believes dogs were created for human use and benefit or that Michael Markarian finds such sentiments touching.