This just in: Genevieve Highpoint La Reine, the canine author of Small Dog, Big Life: Memoirs of a Furry Genius, announced today the formation of a new group dedicated to the advancement and protection of canine rights. Dogs United against Discrimination and Unfairness, or DUDU, is chartered to serve as the national watchdog against all forms of discrimination and cultural insensitivity toward dogs.
In a barktated press release, Genevieve stated, “We are over seventy million strong in this country. We serve proudly in the armed forces, police, and fire departments. We risk our lives locating lost humans and hidden explosives, and dutifully supply the nation with twenty thousand tons of fertilizer daily; yet, we are demeaned, shunned, and insulted every day of our lives. We will be muzzled no longer. Remember—you’re either walking with DUDU, or stepping in it.”
DUDU’s first campaign is one dear to Genevieve’s heart:
“I applaud the effort made by the American Indians to eliminate demeaning sports-team nicknames such as “Chiefs,” “Redskins,” “Indians,” and “Braves.” Unfortunately, the problem is a lot bigger than that. Consider all the teams with canine nicknames, such as “Timberwolves,” “Bulldogs,” “Huskies,” “Terriers,” and so many more. A bunch of silly humans running around chasing a ball and they’re named after us. This must stop. Instead of naming teams ‘Bulldogs’ and ‘Huskies’ why not name them after flowers, like petunias and dandelions?”
Genevieve will not discount the possibility of legal action to end the practice, but she expressed optimism that the matter can be settled amicably without a costly dogfight in the courts.
If you would like to join Genevieve in DUDU, visit her Facebook Page.
Copyright © 2010 by Devin O’Branagan.
Photo of Genevieve by Katrina Boler.
Photo of Genevieve and her press release are used with permission, courtesy of Denny Fried.
Devin O’Branagan is the author of the RED HOT novels, a hilarious chick-lit series, and the legend of GLORY, a young adult vampire series. Devin is crazy passionate about animals and her books abound with marvelous four-legged characters. Devin is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and lives in Colorado.