As Las Vegas is trying to regain its Sin City reputation, an old German Shepherd shows how to play mind games on youthful arrogance
I actually often think that I’m a 25 year old mind trapped in a 63 year old body. And the line coming from Michael Douglas in the feelgood funny movie Las Vegas sounded something like: “I went to bed last night and was 19 and woke up 70 this morning.”
If you’re a boomer and haven’t seen the movie yet with co-stars Robert de Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and amazingly well voiced Mary Steenburgen, you should rent it. Not because it’s so amazingly acted, or the aging topics at hand have not been covered a thousand times before, but because it is a feel good movie for baby boomers who are getting squeezed into society’s collection bin of “used to be”. That’s why I smiled when the following dog tale crossed my screen as a lesson I would like to share with you.
Smart Old Dog Tale
One day an old German Shepherd forgetting his age, started chasing rabbits and before long, discovered he was lost. Wandering about, he became aware of a young panther heading rapidly in his direction with the clear intention of having lunch.
The old German Shepherd thought, “Uh oh! I’m in deep trouble now!”
Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settled down to chew on them with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther was about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaimed, “Boy, that was one delicious panther! I wonder if there are any more around here?”
Hearing this, the young panther halted his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror came over him, and he rapidly slunk away into the trees.
“Whew!” said the panther, “That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!”
Meanwhile, a squirrel, who had watched the whole scene from a nearby tree, figured he could put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther. So, off he went to spill the beans and strike a deal. The young panther was furious at being made a fool of and said, “Here, squirrel, hop on my back and watch what I do to that conniving canine!”
Once again, the old German Shepherd saw the panther coming with the squirrel on his back and thought, “Oh shit, what am I going to do now?” Yet instead of running, the dog sat down with his back to his attacker and pretended he hadn’t seen them yet. And when they get close enough to hear, the old German Shepherd said…
“Where the hell is that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!”
Don’t mess with the old dogs! Age and skill for now will still overcome youth.