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Meghan Cox Gurdon: When a blond dog is caked in mud, all you need is love

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"Whoa!" cried a young woman, admiringly. "Whoa!" yelped an older man, jerking back to avoid being touched. "What," marveled a third bystander, "are you going to do with him?" The woman with the black dog that had once been flaxen gave them all a look of humorous despair. She sighed comically. In fact, the element of humor was a put-on. Inside, she was despondent. She wanted to rebel. She wanted...

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