'And in an era consumed with greed,
they were sometimes the only ones a lonely gold seeker could trust.
They were packhorse, transit system, security guard, and pal rolled into one.
They were truly worth their weight in gold.'
'For he was a most independent dog and took to himself
an air of partnership rather than subjection…
Not every dog is fit to be a partner with a man;
nor every man, I think,
fit to be a partner with a dog.'