Kickass To Build A Fire

Kickass, the doorstop dog, listened to the keeper do a re-reading of Jack London’s “To Build A Fire,” and as usual was gratified with the ending that has the dog headed for a warm camp but its human companion freezing to death in the 50 below zero temperature.

Kickass says this is yet another illustration of how much smarter dogs are than people.  Even back in their wolf-ancestry days, canines would never choose a pack leader that would have them hunting dinosaurs and chasing their own shadows, to say nothing of tormenting the old and the lame.

To survive the cold until they can chase their malfunctioning leader out of the pack, Kickass suggests that people turn around three times, curl up into balls and take very long naps, during which they can have whimpering dreams about Spring.



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