“I think you might’ve learned the lesson this week, sometimes the dog bites back with a book deal,” Sharpton said.

Sharpton concluded his comments with a reference to Franklin’s 1967 hit “Respect,” in which the singer spelled the word out. Sharpton and Franklin, who died last week at the age of 76, were close friends.

“So in the words of my late friend Aretha Franklin, show some R-E-S-P-I-C-T, and the next time you get a black woman and a beagle confused, remember this: I got you,” Sharpton said.