What is the plot climax of "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog" by O. Henry?

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In "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog," author O. Henry tells the story from a dog's point of view. The dog feels sorry for the husband of the woman who owns him because she takes advantage of him and abuses him. When the husband takes the dog, Lovey, for a walk at night, the dog notices how down he always seems, so when Lovey notices another man walking his dog happily, Lovey's determined to find out why. Lovey discovers that the other man is happy because he spends his evenings at a bar, so the next time Lovey and his man go for a walk, Lovey leads him into a bar. The climax of the story comes right after they leave the bar when the man takes off Lovey's collar and leash, but Lovey refuses to leave him.

"I refused to leave. I leaped and frisked around the old man's legs happy as a pug on a rug.

'You old flea-headed woodchuck-chaser,' I said to him--'you moon-baying, rabbit-pointing, egg-stealing old beagle, can't you see that I don't want to leave you? Can't you see that we're both Pups in the Wood and missis is the cruel uncle after you with the dish towel and me with the flea liniment and a pink bow to tie on my tail. Why not cut that all out and e pards forever more?'"

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