E Tu, Brute

aEWjyEHWe have all seen this face of betrayal with dogs who do not like baths, but this one is particularly pathetic.

He is not the first to feel the stag of betrayal at the hand of a trusted friend:

For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar’s angel.
Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar lov’d him!
This was the most unkindest cut of all;
For when the noble Caesar saw him stab,
Ingratitude, more strong than traitors’ arms,
Quite vanquish’d him: then burst his mighty
heart. . . .

Julius Caesar Act 3, scene 2, 181–186

19 thoughts on “E Tu, Brute”

  1. Dog had a good time rolling in something to get that just-right scent and master removed it all. Betrayal.

  2. Well my vote is also ‘Et tu..’ (And you, Brutus!), that’s how I learned it with my schoolboy Latin. Perhaps the professor could enlighten us on the ‘E tu..’ or was there a confusion with Brazilian?

  3. Now hold on. My Weimaraner (runt) doesn’t mind bathing – WITH ME – in a tub full of warm water that’s up to his belly (so he doesn’t feel threatened). I sit and he’s turned away from me in a sitting or standing position and I can lather him up and rinse him off without him trying to leap out – which he does immediately and with no problem, when I say we’re done. Then he loves the towel rubdown he gets.

    My pit bull mix goes swimming every weekend for a 1/2 hour in a 4 foot deep, solar heated pool and LOVES it. I have to make him sit and stay so he doesn’t over-do it (catch his breath). It started as a rehab treatment for a pulled
    acl (which worked – he’s back to about 99%, as it only bothers him now when weather conditions are a certain way, and also because he’s 10 now).

    Great picture though.

  4. Unconditional love is truly something we humans can learn from dogs. We are much too cat like as a species.

  5. Compare this to the wrongfully convicted cop. This dog has been betrayed but only sadness in those eyes, no hate, just sadness.

  6. I suppose one of the greater misfortunes of my life was studying Latin as a foreign language for three semesters as a high school student, then studying Shakespeare as a college student.

    William Shakespeare, methinks, had a vivid imagination. I have never found any scientific evidence to substantiate the accuracy of Shakespeare’s assigning to Julius Caesar the dying words, “Et tu, Brute?” regarding his having effectively been murdered by Marcus Brutus.

    If the face of that dog displays a sense of betrayal, I have observed even greater facial expressions of possible betrayal when I have explained to diverse attorneys-at-law the scientific evidence of my biosemiotics-oriented bioengineering research which I find appears to constitute an absolute and eternal demonstration of the perfectly unavoidable nature, in both form and function, of every event that has ever occurred.

    Throughout all of my life thus far, I have never once observed the happening of any actually avoidable event nor have I ever observed the not-happening of any actually unavoidable event.

    To the best of my memory, without exception, I have invariably observed the philosophical hypothesis that avoidable events can be not avoided, and that unavoidable events can be avoided, to be the most brutal (in the Shakespearean sense) scientifically testable, and scientifically refutable if false, scientific hypothesis in the realm of biological science ever to clamor for my attention and effort.

    That dog’s countenance displays a sense of betrayal? I guess you never saw me, and my face, when I have been a respondent or defendant in a courtroom.

  7. “What did I do???? Why’re you doing this to me???” ” I promise I’ll never do it again”…………..

  8. You think that’s bad? Try bathing a cat. Only the one that ends up looking pathetic and bloodied is you! (Such a punim on that pooch, though. Awww!)

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