Us humans have always found amusement in how animals, specifically dogs, manifest sense and sensibility. Whenever our dogs or some strangers’ pets exhibit extraordinary smarts under stressful scenarios and events, we cannot help but get bewitched and bemused. Yes, in the history of canine rearing, these domesticated pets have had ample moments where their smarts have been tested, and consequently, celebrated.

But this is not that kind of story. In fact, this is the exact opposite. Here we foreground a dog’s utter, for lack of a better word, clumsiness, and his master’s unrivaled grace.

This is the story of the famous scientist, Isaac Newton, and his infamous dog, Diamond.


Newton's dog

Photo courtesy of Dog With Blog

Sir Isaac Newton is a revered historical figure and scientist. For starters, he is responsible for making sense of gravity, which his dog, Diamond, probably realized first.  Anyway, this human and canine tandem shared a rather special bond.


Diamond happens to be Isaac Newton’s closest friend, according to archives. Diamond also happens to be an accidental arsonist. We use the word accidental because we like to assume that Diamond would never sabotage the work of his loving master.

So this is what happened. Since back they did not have electricity yet, Isaac Newton relied on candles. One night, one of his candles was inadvertently knocked over by Diamond.

The accident caused years worth of research to go kaput. Just like that, some of Isaac Newton’s most painstaking work became ash. But our beloved scientist knew better than to blame his pup, Diamond.

Isaac Newton quipped: “O Diamond, Diamond, thou little knowest the damage thou hast done”.

That’s a gracious dog parent right there. And all dog parents must follow Isaac Newton’s example. Even amid your dog’s worst accidents, you must remain calm and kind.

Source: Dog With Blog


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