Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Poor old thing

Homer tells us Argos's living conditions were less than confortable. He lay "on piles of dung from mules and cattle" and was in a poor state of neglect when Ulysses set eyes on him.
"Infested with ticks, half-dead from neglect,
here lay the hound Argos.
But the moment he sensed Ulysses standing by
he thumped his tail, muzzling low, and his eras dropped,
though he had no strength to drag himself an inch
towards his master. Ulysses glanced to the side
and flicked away a tear..."
Only Poseidon had made Ulysses weep but on his return home, it was his old faithful dog who had the power to make him shed a tear.

7 comments:

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oh, you are making me cry now!

Eurodog said...

WL,
I find it very moving too.

Flowerpot said...

how lovely. Never underestimate the power of the dog...

jmb said...

"Infested with ticks, half-dead from neglect,

here lay the hound Argos.
How horrible for him. The others weren't dog lovers then, were they? Penelope should have looked after her husband's beloved dog.

Ellee said...

You are a constant source of fascinating canine facts, and some very emotive ones too. Have a good weekend.

Winchester whisperer said...

Penelope clearly wasn't fond of the old dog...

Eurodog said...

She obviously did not care about the dog but then she was pining for her husband and having to fight of "young men".