As much as I like Bugs Bunny, I think my favorite Looney Tunes character is Sam Sheepdog.

Sam Sheepdog spends his days protecting the sheep from Ralph Wolf.

On the surface it often seems like Sam Sheepdog is doing nothing.

He just sits there and his eyes are covered with fur.

Yet 100% of the time, without fail, he’s all over it when Ralph tries to steal a sheep.

He either whips out just the right tool from under his fur to disrupt Ralph or gets himself to the right location with amazing speed even though it seems impossible he could do that.

By contrast, Ralph spends his days in constant motion.

He orders various Acme products in the hopes of trying to catch a sheep without Sam noticing.

He digs tunnels, climbs trees, hangs out on cliffs.

All so he can finally try to snag a sheep.

In the meantime Sam Sheepdog just sits… even if a boulder is rolling towards him. He knows that at the last minute the boulder will hit a rock and stray off course so he doesn’t budge.

It’s hard to scan the horizon for opportunities like Sam Sheepdog does if you’re in constant motion like Ralph Wolf.

This type of sedentary behavior  – alert and aware but not lazy – appeals to me all the more as I age.

It’s the Ralph Wolf types that always trot out the “I’m so busy” lines. Whereas the Sam Sheepdogs put the hours in and get the job done without fuss.

I also like how there’s nothing desperate about Sam Sheepdog. Whereas Ralph Wolf is the very definition of desperate.

Not surprisingly, Sam drives an ancient jalopy and Ralph tools around in a sports car. Yet despite their profound differences they bear no ill will toward each other once their shifts are over.

Here’s one of the Sam Sheepdog and Ralph Wolf cartoons:


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