Dog as best friend, healer, and source of great grief when the four-footer passes on. No question, books, articles, films, and television shows which capture that phenomenon had a good shot at being highly marketable. That was then.
Now, my communications gut tells me that the dog genre has peaked. Leave it alone for a few decades and it may recover. Most memes do. That's just the way it goes. Character, which was a must-develop on our college applications in the 1960s, has returned. David Brooks' "The Road to Character" remains a best-seller.
So, I'm puzzled how Maira Kaman's homage to the coming of a dog into her life had been published in The New York Times as an opinion-editorial. What aware human being doesn't understand the benefits of the animal-human bond? What value does it create to have it articulated, yet one more time?
BTW, Kaman is also publishing book "Beloved Dog." It may or may not do well. Let's watch that.