May 11, 2016 04:15 PM

“Who’s your best friend, Benji?”

Never have five words said so much about love, loyalty and friendship.

Benji has many stuffed animal toys, as befits a dog of his cuteness and stature. But Benji has only one favorite, and that is his stuffed moose.

You can surround Benji with other toys, even toys that look suspiciously similar to his stuffed moose, but when faced with the question, “Who’s your best friend?” Benji will always point to his moose.

Benji loves the moose, and the moose, were it capable, would surely love him back.

I’m reminded of a passage from Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic masterpiece, The Road: “Then they set out along the blacktop in the gunmetal light, shuffling through the ash, each the other’s world entire.”

Who’s your best friend, Benji?


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