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The Dog Star: Buddy and the Button

The Dog Star: Buddy and the Button

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition)

I take the dogs for coffee on the mornings when I don’t work out. Last week, the three of us were driving out to the main road when we encountered one of my neighbors with his labrador, Chloe, walking along his lawn. The lab cautiously watched Koufax, sitting in the rear of the truck, as I stopped to chat.

Meanwhile, Buddy Beagle stepped on the front passenger’s window button (which cannot be locked out), leaped out the window like Rocky the Flying Squirrel, and rushed the big lab. Chloe was so occupied trying to keep the Shepherd in site that Buddy scared the heck out of her, seeming to drop out of the sky.

This is the top-of-the line Mercedes truck. It’s not animal-proof. It’s not dog-proof. I doubt, therefore, that it is child-proof. Any unrestrained child could lean on that button and open it accidentally. It would be meiotic to call this “dangerous.” Shouldn’t the window buttons be flush with the side of the door, not flat on an arm rest where they can be leaned on (or stepped on)? Shouldn’t the “lock out” feature apply to all windows?

After we separated Chloe and Buddy and convinced Koufax that his help wasn’t needed, we all dusted ourselves off and went on our way. At the coffee shop, I kept watching Buddy. I could be wrong, but it seemed to me that he was staring at the buttons on the arm rest, and I don’t think I’ve seen the end of this.

Years ago, a female design chief at Ford put her male engineers in skirts and told them to come up with a new design allowing women to gracefully enter and exit the car easily and, if they didn’t, she’d next put them in heels. The design was quickly improved.

Why doesn’t Mercedes allow some dogs to romp around the test vehicles? I have two candidates who will work on the basis of a project fee if Mercedes is interested.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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