A recent article in the NY Times asked “Can animals be gay?” It raised many questions and pointed out that there is still a lot we don’t understand about animal behavior. Interestingly,much of the observed behavior portrayed how the same sex animals worked together and were committed to each other. But many of the reviewers dismissed the article,discounting a lot of ongoing scientific study.
Until around the mid 20th century,the term ‘gay’ meant “joyful”,“happy”,“bright and showy”. You don’t hear that much anymore because it’s taken on a different meaning. But joyful,happy,and sometimes even bright and showy certainly describes a lot of dogs I know.
Well,who says dogs aren’t gay?
Mornings at our house,there’s no better word to describe Muggsy – recharged from sleep,he’s overjoyed with life,racing around ,chasing sunbeams . . . ‘gay’ is a great word to describe his puppy exuberance. A ratty old sock toy, the smell of toast,getting his family out of bed – all makes him happy. . . he’s just a happy dog.
If you really want to know about being gay and happy (no,it’s not redundant) check out to the Phoenix Pride Festival this weekend. This 2 day event brings the LGBT community together for a weekend of camaraderie and celebration. It’s the 30th annual event with over 30,000 people expected to attend and lots of entertainment. A good many of the attendees are sure to be dog lovers and Bowser Beer will be there so that their dogs can,as the Flintstones used to say,“have a gay old time” and celebrate life with their owners. Predicted to be sunny and hot,what better way to quench their thirst than with a nice,cold brew. Hey Ellen,bring your doggies and get some new dance moves!
Muggsy is quite happy to put on pink glasses with rhinestones and a leopard skin headband. Mom’s got a treat in her hand and she’s telling him he’s SUCH a good dog!
Who says dogs aren’t gay?
PS. We will be selling t-shirts with this image at the event. Portions of the sales will go towards a local program that helps care for pets with owners who have HIV/AIDS. If really popular we will be offering it on our soon-to-be launched online store.