We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Your poodle may be smarter, but did the poodle make the honor roll at Lake Wobegon Middle School?
Question three years later: Your poodle may be smarter, but can it heal the sick, bring fishes to the poor, and make the mute speak via a public service project?
Question six years later: Your poodle may be smarter, but can you back your pride up by INVESTING $50,00 in your poodle's future for a year at OhSoElitist University ? OhSoElitist University will be very glad to enroll your poodle upon receipt of a $50,000 certified check and a $1,000,000 endowed scholarship. Let's call it the "Polly Wolly Poodle Pawprint Phund"
My standard poodle figured out how to open the back door to the garage (where his food is kept), setting off the alarm system. After he had his way with the kibble, he figured out how to get back inside.