I Dub Thee, Sir Henri
The Shar-Pei breed is one of, if not, the oldest breed of dog still in existence. Originally from China the breed is over 2000 years old and can be traced back to the Han dynasty (202 B.C. – A.D. 220). Over the years it was the favoured dog of emperors and aristocracy. A bit like the Corgi and British Royal family.
This, however, had repercussions for the breed when the Communists took power in China. During the revolution the breed was viewed as symbolic of the bourgeois class and everything that they considered bad with the imperial system so they ordered their large-scale extermination. The Communists wanted no reminders of the era that preceded them.
It seemed to me that our Henry had, like his forefathers before him, been through some tough times yet still he retained an air of royalty. He just had that regal look about him. So, without any pomp or ceremony I christened him “Sir Henry” to and bestowed on him, his due royal station in life.
Several months later after having witnessed how Sir Henri had come to rule our household and the office I thought that Henry should be changed to Henri which in French means: Home Ruler or one who rules his household.
What could be a more appropriate name ? And that is how “Sir Henri” got his name.
By John McLaughlin
Principal, McLaughlin & Associates Lawyers