My Fox Monologue

Jan 26 2013

My Fox monologue from my show this evening:

This week callers to my radio show were not optimistic about the next 4 years with President Obama at the helm. Granted, most of the listeners tend to lean conservative. A term I heard more than once was that America was going to the dogs.

I take strong exception to that. Tuesday, January 15, my black Labrador Retriever, Jet, died as Janet and I held him in our arms. He would have been 15 years old in April. I wanted to talk about it last week on the show, but I was afraid I couldn’t get through it without completely losing it.

We have had 3 wonderful dogs, but Jet was my inseparable companion from the day I received him as an anniversary gift in 1998. He was my hunting buddy, my fishing companion, and sat next to me as I wrote virtually every word of 8 of the 10 books I’ve written. I don’t agree with those who say the country is going to the dogs, because I wish it were. In my world, that would be a good thing. Dogs are faithful. Jet was good and kind to everyone, especially children, but if there were 100 people in a room and they were all holding out a steak and I was standing empty handed, he would come to me first. He didn’t believe any of the nasty things people wrote about me in newspapers, blogs, or letters to the editor, and he never thought my speeches were too long, my jokes were too corny, or that I had made stupid decisions. He got up when I got up and went to bed when I went to bed, however early; however late.

Good dogs are loyal. In politics I’ve found that few people are really and totally loyal. Dogs are. More often than I’d like to recount in politics and business, I’ve given people jobs and opportunities, trusted them, and paid them well only to have them turn on me in betrayal. My dogs have never done that. People I thought were valued friends have talked trash behind my back. My dog Jet had my back. Dogs live to please. People can be remarkably selfish and demanding, but give a dog enough food to keep him full, and a few rubs of the head, and he’ll ask for little more except just to be there in the event you might need him. Dogs are naturally curious and while they are sometimes curious about things that aren’t all that pleasing to humans, their quest for knowing would put most human students to shame. Dogs will sacrifice their own interests to please their master, and there’s nothing I could ever have done to make Jet turn on me.

Our culture has become harsh and coarse ,vulgar, and caustic. People take to blogs to say the worst things about others because there is no accountability for comments made, no matter how totally false and damaging they might be. Good and faithful dogs only bite when they or their masters are threatened. So if you want to create an analogy of the degeneration of our culture, please don’t say it’s going to the dogs. That’s an insult to man’s best friend. Just say the whole country is starting to act like Congress. Now THAT is truly disgusting behavior.

Comments 1-5 of 50

  • Mashall

    12/16/2013 02:22 PM

    My dream is to fly jets and you have been such an inspiration to me Natasha, I just waish you would write more often you are my hero.How many hours a month do you aarvege flying? What aircraft do you currently fly? What is the range? Cruise speed? Where is your favorite destination?What is your most favorite airplane? Do you ever fly for fun? Do you own a small prop plane?Your such a cutie, thanks so much for writing on this blog, come back more often Natasha.We like you.Bonnie B. Jonesboro, Ga

  • Frank Caba

    02/17/2013 11:50 PM

    My condolences Governor on the passing of your pup. I lost mine to his battle against bladder cancer on the 22nd of January. They become entwined in our lives and our hearts and though they leave our lives, they remain forever in our hearts.

  • Tom Lano

    02/16/2013 09:01 PM

    Mr.Huckabee, Excellent description of a faithful companion and friend being our dogs. Could not agree more.Enjoy your radio show daily and your stand for our Lord.May God Bless You and Your family Greatly. Sincerely, Tom Lano

  • Sarah/James Krehbiel

    02/14/2013 04:57 PM

    I have been a big fan of yours for years, but your comments about your dog really touched my/our heart(s). In the past 4 years my husband of 49 years has undergone 7 surgeries. About 3 years ago our youngest son decided we needed another chocolate lab. We've had several through the years, and they helped me raise our 4 sons! Our son is an art teacher, and one of his students had a female lab that was due to whelp in a couple of weeks. James said if she has a chocolate female we'd think about it!!! Well there was one chocolate and it was a female. Needless to say we came home with her (Paige). During the past summer James had a serious back surgery, and Paige has taken it upon herself to be his caregiver when I am at work. She's totally devoted to him, and he to her. She has very seriously been a life saver and is helping him heal. Depression has been a big problem, and she's right there licking his feet, hands, cheeks, etc. It's truly amazing to watch. We feel blessed that Paige is a part of our lives. I tell her she takes care of him during the day, and I will do it at night! We have a pack, Paige & I. We know you miss your buddy a lot, but your memories will stay with you forever. We consider ourselves lucky that we have our furry companion.

  • Janice

    02/12/2013 10:36 AM

    My heart goes out to you, I lift you in prayers. Having lost couple older dogs in my life before I know the feeling. As I watch Nicodemus, aka Nicky, our minpin reach 10 I know will break my heart again when something happens to him.
    Boo is two

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