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Entry from October 22, 2022
“Dog is man’s best friend until you need a ride to the airport”

A dog has often been called “man’s best friend.” However, a dog cannot do many things that a best friend usually does, and there are jokes.

“Yeah but will it pick you up at the airport or lend you money? You see it doesnt meet the true criteria for friendship” was posted on the newsgroup alt.bored on August 1, 1999. “A dog may be man’s best friend, but he won’t pick you up at the airport” was posted on Twitter by David Moulton on July 26, 1999. “Dog is mans’ best friend until you need a ride to the airport” was posted on Twitter by Jason Sweeney on August 28, 2009. “A DOG MAY BE YOUR BEST FRIEND BUT THEY WON’T PICK YOU UP AT THE AIRPORT” (shown on a sing) was posted on Facebook by Indian Hills Community Sign on October 23, 2022.

It’s uncertain when and in what form American actor and comedian Bobcat Goldthwait told the joke. “‘A dog is mans best friend, but it won’t pick you up at the airport.’ (Bobcat Goldthwait)” was posted on Twitter by MidtlivsChrister Torjussen on September 13, 2011. “‘Dogs are man’s best friend, except they can’t pick U up from the airport’ - Bobcat Goldthwait” was posted on Twitter by Daniel Rolnik on June 2, 2012. “‘A dog is Man’s best friend, but he won’t give you a ride to the airport.’—Bobcat Goldthwait” was posted on Twitter by Chris Johnston on March 21, 2021.


Wikipedia: Man’s best friend
“Man’s best friend” is a common phrase used to describe domestic dogs, referring to their millennia-long history of really close relations, loyalty, friendship, and companionship with humans. The first recorded use of a related phrase is by Frederick the Great of Prussia. It was likely popularized by its use in a poem by Ogden Nash and has since become a common colloquialism.

Google Groups: alt.bored
Pigs as pets
Chris
Aug 1, 1999, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
> >So, if this is true, then the term “mans best friend” can be applied to
> >something that blindly copies what you tell it to do and obeys you
> >without question. Therefore my computer is my best friend.
>

> Yeah but will it pick you up at the airport or lend you money?
> You see it doesnt meet the true criteria for friendship.

Twitter
David Moulton
@exframebuilder
A dog may be man’s best friend, but he won’t pick you up at the airport
9:38 AM · Jul 26, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Jason Sweeney
@sween
Dog is mans’ best friend until you need a ride to the airport.
11:48 AM · Aug 28, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
FunDave
@dpbkmb
RT @funnyoneliners: Dog is mans’ best friend until you need a ride to the airport.  (via @sween)
11:21 PM · Aug 28, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
David Moulton
@exframebuilder
A dog may be a man’s best friend… But they won’t pick you up at the airport
7:12 AM · Jan 22, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Steve Varty
@4EverSteve
They say that dogs are man’s best friend, but try getting one to pick you up from the airport.
10:36 AM · Jul 14, 2010·TweetDeck

Twitter
MidtlivsChrister Torjussen
@torjussen
“A dog is mans best friend, but it won’t pick you up at the airport.” (Bobcat Goldthwait)
9:12 AM · Sep 13, 2011 from Tønsberg, Norge·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Marty Fields
@Martyfields
The dog is man’s best friend. But he still wont pick you up at the airport.
8:25 PM · Mar 21, 2012·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Daniel Rolnik
@danielrolnik
Replying to @XVALA
“Dogs are man’s best friend, except they can’t pick U up from the airport” - Bobcat Goldthwait
@XVALA @davefein @reserveresult @hackerbeta
9:56 PM · Jun 2, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
swollenvoice
@swollenvoice
A dog may be a man’s best friend but, they won’t pick you up from the airport.
8:03 AM · Jun 18, 2014·Twitter for Android

Twitter
sam ditto
@littleDITTO
dogs are mans best friend but they’ll never pick you up from the airport
3:15 PM · Oct 23, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Michael is cool and nice
@mikeyspiritDC
Oh ok, your dog is your best friend? He can pick you up at the airport then. You asshole.
11:27 AM · Jun 24, 2015·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Graham Balmforth
@gbalmy
They say a dog is man’s best friend.....but he can’t pick you up from the airport #justsaying
11:39 AM · Aug 24, 2015·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
David Holman
@HolmanTravel
They say a dog is man’s best friend, but just try to get one to pick you up at the airport.
9:23 PM · Nov 2, 2016·Facebook

Twitter
Angel Campey
@YesReallyAngel
Your dog might be your best friend. But he won’t pick you up at the airport.
8:30 AM · Jul 26, 2017·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
RC deWinter
@RCdeWinter
To people who say, “My dog is my best friend.”
I say, “Your dog may be your best friend but will it pick you up at the airport? I think not.”
12:35 AM · Jun 29, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Chris Johnston
@cljohnston108
“A dog is Man’s best friend, but he won’t give you a ride to the airport.”
—Bobcat Goldthwait
7:38 PM · Mar 21, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Dorothy Rosby
@DorothyRosby
Sure a dog is man’s best friend, but it won’t pick you up at the airport.
10:28 AM · Jul 26, 2022·TweetDeck

Twitter
SpiceyWombat
@SpiceyWombat
Replying to @monicaonairtalk
Dogs are man’s best friend, but they won’t pick you up at the airport.
3:00 PM · Sep 7, 2022·Twitter for Android

Facebook
Indian Hills Community Sign
October 23, 2022 at 11:26 AM ·
(The following text is shown on a sign.—ed.)
A DOG MAY BE
YOUR BEST FRIEND
BUT THEY WON’T
PICK YOU UP AT
THE AIRPORT

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Saturday, October 22, 2022 • Permalink