in France long enough to really understand their curious affair with
dogsit is definitely a unique relationship. Dogs are an outlet
for the affection the French may be too proud to show to one another.
The French are a lonely people; many live by themselves. Owners claim
their dogs as a member of the family and use the word enfant to refer
to their dogs. Dogs are also an outlet for that little streak of meanness.
Dogs can be excellent for challenging strangers.
During the 60s there was the French poodle stereotype which everybody
thought was cute. But since the late 60s there has been a phenomenon
of dog snobbism leading to more and more dogs, bigger and
bigger in size and each dog absolutely unique.
But pity the poor dog. Fed a very low-calorie diet of fruit peels, he
is content to pass his existence mostly sleeping or in repose. He has
energy enough only for his daily walk to soil the sidewalks, and perhaps
take his customary place under the table at the restaurant. He is trained
incessantlyspanked like a child until he is a shadow of his master.