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Man’s best friend

“Man’s best friend” is a commonly used phrase which refers to a dog’s relationship of loyalty, trust, close relation and dedication with his master. A dog’s love for his master is so strong that he cannot view any faults or imperfections in him.


Premises 1: Friends who show you firm and constant allegiance or support are your loyal friends.
Premises 2: Dogs show firm and constant allegiance and support
Conclusion: Therefore, Dogs are Man’s best friend


Premises 1: Friends who show you firm and constant allegiance or support are your loyal friends.

An important ingredient to a healthy and long lasting relationship is loyalty. For me, loyalty should have three important elements including respect, honesty, and love. Loyal friends are the ones that show you complete devotion and always loves you for who you truly are. It is kind of true, that as days pass we don’t notice the small changes in our lives, but when we look back one day we tend to see it from a different perspective.And it is very important to know that these people do have an impact in bringing in those good changes in your life. They are meant to hold your back when life pulls you down.I believe it is important to be thankful and appreciate them.


Premises 2: Dogs show firm and constant allegiance and support

Dogs are loving and loyal animals as they have a very special and symbiotic relationship with man throughout history and today.They are very intelligent animals who can sense danger, and can also provide emotional support and care through their love and behavior towards us.


Conclusion: Therefore, dogs are Man’s best friend

Throughout history, dogs have played an important role in man’s life. A good example would be Hachiko a Akita Inu dog, who is remembered for his loyalty and love he had for his master which even went beyond the death of his master for nine long years till the dog passed away. Hachiko used to always wait for his master at Shibuya station to return back from work until one day his master never came back. As he was suffering from fatal brain hemorrhage and would never be able to come back home again. But then that never made Hachiko to give up on waiting for his master, everyday he would wait at the station hoping that one day his master would return. He continued to go to the station everyday for nine years just so that he could see his master again. It is not because Hachiko was an unintelligent dog or he did not know that his master died. But then he could not take the pain of accepting the fact that his master is dead. It is an ugly truth,unbearable for him to accept that he is gone forever. And he never gave up on his hope, he was always a loyal and loving dog. And used to wait at the station until his last breath. These real life stories are a proof to say that dogs are Man’s best friend and they give unconditional love and support to humans. Also this might not be the case with all dogs, as different people have different tolerance towards different types of dog. We tend to be more comfortable and friendly to dogs that we find attractive and cute, whereas some people are uncomfortable around ferocious dogs. Such dogs can be tamed by proper management and training.That would be one way to form a tie with tough dogs. They often have the hearts of gold.Personally, I am so impressed and fascinated when I think about the bond a man and a dog can build and how it can last a lifelong. GRACIAS to all the brave dogs for being Man’s best friend.

                           “Gentlemen of the jury: The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog”- George Graham 


Are the premises true?

yes, throughout history dogs have proven to be loyal to humans and the term Man’s best friend comes from Frederick the great, king of Prussia in 1789, when he described his Italian grey hound as his best friend.

Is this argument valid?

Yes, It is valid assuming the premises are true

Is this argument sound?

Yes, the argument is sound assuming the premises are true and factually correct


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