1980. I can imagine that Homer when he was composing his story might have gone to his teacher to ask for advice, and the teacher probably would have said, “Put in some more lines about Argus in your story, don’t have him die so soon.”
1981. Let him even have his part to play in the slaying of the suitors, because mark my words, he has a small part, but he is the star of the show, and the only character sure to produced those sudden unexpected tears in your listeners eyes, at that moment when they realize that after twenty years, it is only the dog who truly recognizes his old master.
1982. But about Otis, his fame was his undoing because in those audiences who watched him preform there were often people who turned over in their minds how they could profit from Otis’ talents. Not everyone can appreciate a well constructed play, or a part skillfully acted.
1983. There were those who admired his well defined anatomy and the deftness of his movements, and wondered to themselves how to exploit his skills, and they were not thinking of his pulling a sled, or guarding a barn, but of prowess in the ring of the fight. So in do time Otis was kidnapped in the middle of the night, and the traveling actors never saw him again.