Standing Up for Rover

A Harvard lawyer is a champion of humane--not just human--rights

Marbury Madison--the ears-akimbo German shepherd-Rhodesian Ridgeback mix who came from the pound--looks, frankly, like a neurotic mess. He glances cringingly at a stranger and slinks away behind the 26-month-old twins. By contrast, the twins, Christopher and Siena, toddle toward a downstairs playroom with the focused, menacing energy of a tornado aimed at an Alabama trailer camp. It is left to the lovely Alice, a tortoiseshell cat, to perform ceremonies of greeting and accept a scratch behind the ears.

Steven Wise assesses the scene with a professional eye. He concedes that Marbury is a wimp. He praises Alice for her social graces....

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