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Friday, 03 February 2006
Ashby-de-la-Zouch in the Year of the Dog

Ashby-de-la-Zouch Garden Decorations

I accidentally slouched towards this display of garden decorations on the Moira Road of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. As spring is only slowly creeping into our mornings and evenings, I couldn’t get a daytime shot, but will try again over the coming week.  One wonders what type of person decorates their garden like this, and what does this have in common with examples of French bad taste?

The overwhelming theme of the above picture is that of dalmation dogs, with some toadstools, gnomes, tortoise, a young girl and a wishing well thrown in.  There are a large number (101?) dalmations in the windows and doorways too.  All this is under the watchful eye of a CCTV camera which implies that the garden is a target for local delinquents.

What can all these dogs symbolise (besides for general tackiness and bad taste):

Dog: symbol of Loyalty and Love

One of the domesticated dog’s greatest attribute is the capacity for unconditional love. He helps protect the family from bad feelings toward one another. Dogs have long served as guardians for man. They are infinitely loyal and steadfast in loving kindness, service and protection.

One can learn many things from the dog:

  * The joy of service
  * Loyalty
  * Sensitivity to “sniffing out” dangerous situations
  * Faithful companionship
  * The true meaning of unconditional love

I cannot argue with any of the above, except to point out that a dalmation is a carriage dog which is bred for its decorative value rather than its intelligence or utilitarian value. 

Despite the heading of this post I do not think that these decorations are related to the Chinese Year of the Dog.

Posted by bigblue on 03/02/2006 at 12:40 AM
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