Front Cover
 Back Cover

Title: Stories about dogs
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00055395/00001
 Material Information
Title: Stories about dogs
Physical Description: 19 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Thomson, Peter G ( Peter Gibson ), 1851-1931 ( Publisher, Copyright holder )
Publisher: Copyrighted ... by Peter G. Thomson
Place of Publication: Cincinnati Ohio
Publication Date: c1887
Subject: Dogs -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1887
Genre: non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Ohio -- Cincinnati
General Note: Cover title.
General Note: Chromolithographed full-page illustrations, included in pagination; wood-engraved text-illustrations all on linen.
General Note: First and last leaves pasted down to wrappers.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00055395
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002256950
notis - ALK9734
oclc - 33164392

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
    Back Cover
        Page 20
Full Text


,~ ,w


I -.



Al l,- ....
.. ...

- / -'-* : .

I r *i&I I-
| i, ,* t d

r Q .

I i ru d i11 n lv eivry thiiiii f imi, tin lld In.e dw,
SI ai very sor t ^v that at.t one nie in the wurl;s1 iste'rn tto thei1'a st oiie.lii'i 1

.' lihi was nv y rN a"r' in El i s called Anicis tln1 (b'ilin' Nile.l TIi-- ,
I r .don it o. tliinslor ie a 1ii I N nin i Ei pt
Si-' st'rii the nrivrl for" n ver see a i. i r ne
I'f a .,reikt many different varieties A.' hi

n l t t true T r i t kr t l ill t r it
I Me
i. ,ir ,f t1e m ,_t ]'liullt i questions it-

.- ,'al H islo l .ib
......F .."- Nat uralist. that h1 ..s, l ., Iil%
-- -. .kals b,.,lnm to the do!,, 1',n1 ilv. IU t l-.S,
wi, i I i i ak. will nt Id- m en'zti-,,n.d in tei pI,- th will I e,. t, the 1l, h c-ti. mtii,, al that
i-, I'mulii in n.rlr]v ev-ry ftmilv in the land.
Sam vry sorry to sa. that at. -ono tim in the wrhl's history till d-L, was wrhilfl :1 a
III. Th it w' nzynin yar-, ag,,. in E ..pt. And it w es -ll,-.,1 Anilpis. the <,,I ,f tlhl, Nile. This
will r'ellmillnd tho little ,bo a l an ,'irls who g, to 4 w, y-school. If th, ..,t n .. ,,l s the chihlrol ,II
-ol set up fr the mslves. while, .,,ourning in Ealpt.
Thl.,.je st-,ri,., havv never bt.fr, 1b+,CJ l.ubliiSh ,l, ; d, m,,st th,.m wr, tnld me, bY intimate
i,,n l wh, know thom tit he trme. Th,,\ st l v 'ry w, ,olrfil, 1U1t oll\ illustrate til crvrn:,t intnlli-
, ,, this fl'itlhful ri ,-ni
:- -------- --


..- -- --

,PtE, f p

t 2, ....

.-. ,. . ....."

w-$ "/, /'.',/,",'" ""/t t/ ,' y ,'' '.#17... I "'
>--:./ .. / ., I -'" d /-
. .:' -) .. ., ..,:- "',J, --,
t" Z/f i ,". ,1 -. , .S'"'. ,,i/ ..


0 One of the most remarkable instances of
S- a dog's friendship has been shown in one of
i. I the Public Schools in Cincinnati. The fact
i Ii:'l[ was told me by a teacher of the school in
which it occurred.
I I i I 0, 22 Years ago a tiny little girl started to the
S' -"' school to learn her A-I-C's. As she made
N'/, :' l her appearance in the school-room an ordi-
SIi' '' l nary-looking dog walked by her side. At
ii / first the sight caused some merriment among
., the other children, but the teacher soon qui-
i .-'' 7 eted them, and being a kind-hearted lady,
\. and as the little girl was so frightened, she
Swallowed the dog to lie down in one corner,
'-. 1 -' where he remained perfectly quiet until re-
c ess; then he went out with his little mis-
,,' ." ,' ,.'- fit' stress and the other children and joined them
",') ,I' !'. in their play. The bell rang for school to
"p.-^ ;1 .... ^^ begin again; the dog walked in with th1. rest
1i(\ \\ '-- and went soberly to his-oeorner, where he kept
"". ;'l"a y as still as a mouse until school ..l... I for the
S'.. ,lay. The next morning he came again with the- little
.- i 'irl, and the same thing was repeated. This went on
S- from day to day until weeks and months had passed
S-and school closed for the summer vacation. When September
S -- came, and school days began for another year, the little girl
and dog were in their proper places. This continued until the girl had
ceased to be little and had finished the entire course of the graded school.
Not one day had the dog failed to accompany his young mistress to)
school, and not once had lie misbehaved himself while, there.

The name Prince has a noble sound to me; and this dog was well named, for he was a noble
fellow. lie belonged to a family who lived in Canada. One of the children of this fai,,ilv; a little
girl about six years of age, had a spell of sickness which affected her eyes very much, and for sev-


-._" ''ti *u o-'-..
.. ."
'-- 'F

'+ .. I.''/ .. .., ,, + "

*' r + """ '
i~~ i ++ ,+u ,. ,.: .
',. + + y .F
1~~ +-" '"
i- I" *+ h
'i.. .- .." ',v p *,

I ,. -. 1'

.$. ,
,, I

1+ i !

r, o .k,..

I ,
"' ,r,
.' ,. / : ,. s

., ;. ,,. ~ ~'. .:
,.,., .; ." .' .

,; .f


cral years was almost blind. She could not tell the shape or color of any thing unless it was very
near her face indeed. Prince seeined to understand that little Melissa was different from the other
children, and he made himself her especial protector. Wherever M.li-.-a went, there went Prince;
and Melissa's mother soon learned to have perfect confidence in him, and would let her go wherever
she wished, provided Prince was with her.
One summer day little Melissa and Prince were playing under a large tree, and near by ran a
pretty little creek, the water of which was so pure and clear that the pebbles looked like jewels on their
soft sandy bed. Poor lit-
Si tie 1,h.-1-a; was too blind
SI, I(i I 'i' I. to see them, and Prinice
_t dI,, ^ '1 i\ ''. would not allow her to
S- i go near the water. The
little girl's mamma was
that ii,.niiin, g coll. tin_
it wild flowers, and, as she
came to the tree where
her daughter and dog
e a e were playing, she sat
Down on the soft grass
Sto rest and to enjoy the
lpr tty picture spread be-
/o/d fore her. She had not

S been seated t h-, when
/ er eyes caught sight of
some wild flowers grow-
S ing onil a tiny island in
the middle of the shal-
low stream. She wantI
i ed them, Ibut, though the
i I water was not very deep,
she did not like to w+,t
her shoes by going after
them. It occurred to her
to send Melissa; so she
took off her shoes and stockino-s, and tied her little skirts around her waist; then calling to a man
who was working near by, she told him to take Prince to the house and fasten him up, for she well
knew that he would not agree to let the little Mirl go into the water. M hen Prince was well out of
sight \ .-l--.: started; and o h! the water felt so nice to her little feet, for the stones could not hurt in
the soft sand. lMammina Nvwas telling" her to go more to her right, when a dark object fairly flew past
her, and in :l moment she saw it was PIrince. Ife ran to Melissa and, grasping her by the skirts so
nicely tied aroiun(d her waist, lifted her up) and carried her instantly out of the water. After that no
pTersasion could ,Lct him away from the child. The man had locked him up) in the tool-room, but
neglected to close a small window, and 1Prince had in that way come, as lie thought, to the rescue
of his little friend.
- - - -

),%,,k ', '. .. 1. -.. ," i -v' ]-. ,- -

in,, I ", ,
~~ii .


i., r-411,17-

.;' ,.. 9 : ' .-,?, -

".! ps
it 1.

., ",, ., k: -"~~ c ~ ,i
.;. ', .~y .,~ -
,'. '. .. _

~ P '-.I,.,,' .; ..

?4' :~. C

_,. .' :::' ''''
_" .- ,,..'. ,.

-.: .


(Clster belollnged to a neighbor o1lf m ine, and Vwa a lin1e Irish setter. It was a funny reason why
ihe had been given t my friend. His Iirst owner lived (on alnut Hills, ilnd his only way of conilng
to the city was by riding in the )llmilbus which everv morning passed hIis house. The driver of this
'bus carried a horn, and when he wvantid thie people to know that lie was coming he would blow a
long, peculiar blast. Custer learned to imitate this horn so well that the gentleman never knew when
it was the 'bus or when it was Custer, and sometimes he was so angry that he threatened to shoot
the dog. 1But he did a better thing in giving hlil to this friend, who lived many miles away; and
Custer, hearing no omnibus horn to imitate, soon learned other tricks, one of which was to say good-
Imorning to each member of the family as they came down-stairs every morning. ie would go and
stand before tlhen, show his teeth, and then give a kind of a sneeze. Some mornings he would not be
in the humor to greet anyone: but when he was, he never omitted a single member of the family.

SF/.." 7 :. "i,"

-. "--" ..- .. ,

on a large farm in Wisconsin, and Rover was very useful in many ways about the place, and was
also the friend and playmate of Mr. Huntington's two little daughters, Nellie and Daisy. There were
over a dozen horses on ,tile farm, and -those that were used for the carriage or phaeton Rover knew
by name, and could go, if told, to the pasture and select them from all the others and bring then
to the barn; or, if only one was wanted, lie had only to be told which one was wanted, and he would
bring the right one.
One day a lady friend came to call, and Rover ran forward to meet her. Thle lady was fright-
ened at him, and threw out her itiutf to make him go away. Rover snatched the ilmuff from her hand
and tore it to pieces. Mr. 1. thought lie would break him of such a bad habit as this right away,
so lie dressed up in his wife's clothes, taking care to wear a dross that Rover had never seen, and
put a thick veil over his face. His idea was, that when Rover ran and barked at him, to fire a pistol
over his head, for lIe knew that Rover was terribly afraid of all kinds of fire-arms. lie went quite


a distance from the _
hofaso, an d t 1 e n
while walking to-
ward it Rover was
allowed to see him.
lie ran forward, but1
instead of barking or .
Showing' any signs of
thinking it a visitor,
h re w..-'.. ,le his tail l p
and frisked aromunld ,
in a manner that i
plainly showed he
know who it was,
so \Ir. Iuntington
did not shoot his /
pistol that time. /
The first day
that Nellie and Dai-
sv started to school,
which was some dis-
tance from their
home, Mrs. HI. said
to Rover: overe,
it is three o'clockk;
it is time for you
to go after the (chiil-
(dren." She said this
not !because she had .
any idea that lie
Should understand
her and really go
for them, but the thought came into her mind, at the time she knew her little girls would be leaving
the schlool-house, how nice it would be if Rover was there to walk home with then to protect them
froni all possible harm. After awhile she went to the window to see if Nellie and I)aisy were in sight,
and there they were coning across the ni(Indow with Rover at their side, allnd in his month lie carried
the little basket that had contained their l111(1 e('iol. ]Rover had understood her conmiiand, and every day
ait three o'clock, witliout being gl told aga in, Ihe went to the school-house f r his two little pIlayniates. How
he knew the tinlle, is very strange, but lie was always at the door at three o'clock, when school closed.

Nip wa:is a small terrier, and was a personal friend of mine. lie was a funny little follow; he
oilld walk )o11 his liind legs longer ihan ainy other (dog in the country, and lie was real stnc.k up about

...4 ; ", ".-$ "4. '* ...' '-4' : "; ; .- J !
4.. '.,,. L
j -^ :-J : -\\ : .^ 'v ^-" '1" ..* ,' t .r'. .,,.'...-',,,,Y '-. ^ ","*.o",., ^-, .,..
!'= -^ ~ -1 "T " I'' ''' '';J "^ H' ] ,. .^"'i^/.^' -'" ', '. ^ ^'''^-''. ';,' '-*,"^~^,^" "^ ... .i *-* "-;"^ ",' ^
^ ..:. -'- -. c. -.r, .'t ,.- ^i*' ,,, . -',... ,,, ;^ ^' ^* :. ." p .. '';'.". ,,
"'::-. '.' ... ... ..... .- ...
"' .,*- ', Y ^'.: "-,, '; ;*-, ",, ^ ^ ,: ', ,'.' "...' :' '. ,*,* ': :^* .i' ',
'4. J'~4 L rr y 2 M ~ ~
-; ( .i ... ,s..,-, 9... f...'.. ,,.t ... ,~ L., :,, .!
-- '' ,I- j r '- 4--. .. ." -, ,., 'I U v A
I 4$." *1^i? I At^fp'yj.i1 r '
4 -L :: > T p] '. ', -J .
",- "'' ;- : ,**- I .- "*' te 't ""'. . "
., ; r

'1 .-*i' ;: . ': -i i '-'- -T'. "' ", '~ .. .*.*, .-.., .. il .. **'
. ,

'-'. u'j' i. ,

.'- I1 I.,

-.*.n. b"',. ...
*' ,.4, ,:

a'. .JI )47

'.S- .4 .. &-
,' ,.,. :, ,: ,,' :
l_,...j. ,l ,. ,i

r '..,.. ,'.'"""
4 R1
I~ .: '.
. Y, .. ,
.. .., :i ,~ ~

.::.-, "'- '; .--: .
-~~~~~~~ ";;', .- -.
"' '' '" C" .. .I "
r i "

',. :. :... ,.:.-'. .' '.!:
S . ., ..: : -
:::.... _.:. :... :. ,. ...,:. .: -:.-. ,._;.-
-" .. ] : vl ,.-.-
h ', _. .,. ,,, % ,
..... ....
...... .. .... - ,-
" ":i .:; -'': .;LL ,.:L' C-': -' "'": I'*' ...- "*
..:..:.: [ .: >',, ,:...,:..
.: ..,, .- .." , , ., .. .
.... , ,. "..b k::'2"'".' ..
:". ...... ' :,:~ ~ ~~..',.. . :.'' .
.... ,. .....-,, ,. .. .. ,: ,,:
:-.. _.r ,-- : :::.' .: ..: ,
~ ~~~~~~~~ ":- ,., .. '"% -'' " '

o,,~ ~~~I :KTii ....
:,~J ';.

,. i- : "

.'T ,-.,,1
.: , ,. ... '.-",...E~Z '. -~ :, 9~i~ :1
:'", ', :. -- '
. "; .. . .. f;
'.S .. ,' :
. -. ., .


this accomplishment; lie would walk around the room as straight as an arrow for ever so long. His
funny ways and tricks would alone iill this book, but, as we want to hear of other dogs too, I will
only tell a few of them.
In the family to which Nip belonged there were three children-two boys and a younger sister.
Nil) often went to bed witli the two boys, which was the cause of several rows in the laundry, for Nip
was not particular about goiin to Led( with muddy feet; nor did the boys mind it either, and they
thought it quite mean in the laundress to make obj.-.,i.ii,-. One night as little sister was putting
her French doll to bed she thought she would put one of its gowns on Nip. This she did, alnd the
fit was perfect. "Now," she said, "Nip can sleep with the boys and not soil the sheets!" And so
lie did every night that long co,(ld winter.
Nip did a very queer thing once, but the family never r.ull1 imagine why he did it. A neighbor
had a great many little chickens, some of which had died with the gapes. One night as the boys'
mother went to their room to see that all was righlit she smelt a very disagreeable odor. She called
her husband, and together they commenced a search in the room for the cause. They had hardly
begun their search, thouh, when Nip juniped in at the open window, carrying in his mouth a little
dead chicken, which he immediately took under the bed. So under the bed papa and mamma hastened
to look, and there, in as straight a row as ever was made, were nine pretty little dead yellow chickens.
Well, it did not take long to get them out and far from the house, and Nip was told never t to uch
a chicken again; which I think he understood perfectly, for though the neighbor's chickens continued
to die, Nip was never seen to touch one after that night.

4 '^ ^. -.4 u-
X, I' M,

Nero was not a personal friend of mine, but he was the property of a friend, who told me his
story. At the time these incidents occurred this friend lived in the State of New York. There were
several children in the family, and Nero was their great friend and playmate. Ile would accompany
them whererer they went, and, if possible, join in their games.
One bri-ght winter afternoon the children started on a coasting expedition. Nero, of course, was
one of the party, and was as happy as any boy or girl in the crowd. Thlie hill was soon reached
where they were to cast, and in a few minutes the fun began. 1)own they would go as tfst as a
lightning express, and then itrudge up tie hill as quickly as possible. Nero heard the shouts of
joyv, and barked toh slhow tlha t he trhoiug ht it verry nice indeed, and then lie quietly watchedl then for


awhile. I presunllle e was thinking wlhther it would be possible for him to join in the fun. At all
events, he did join in. There was an empty sled standing near; lie took the rope in his mouth and
pulled it in the proper place, then got on, sitting on his hind legs,
and, giving a push just as he had seen the others do, he started
down the hill. How the boys and girls did shout and .:] 'il''' '
laugh at the funny sight, and with what interest they i .' ;
watched him to see what he wild do when h reahe, '
the bottom of the hill! and tli'-n ;I:,.,i! th.. -I, Iiil- r. I'
out when they saw him take, tl,. rp' l ii- ii i.i ill- j : 1i'
start up the hill, just like ,iv I W .
the owner of that sled did ilt I.t it ;iJ.i ji
that afternoon, but he willi,_'l, l .i,.l it ti '
Nero. IUp and down they \ ill, until ,iri. .. .
wise little fellow said it -- tliiie. t. l i/',
home; so they all started i .,'' !, ''" i i
in that direction. They .'I 1
had never had a more ,
pleasant afternoon coast-I ''' .. ,.
ing in their lives, just :' i i_
because Nero had joined ,,' "' i 'P1i '
them in the sport. .' il: ; il -
While walking alohngi i '1I,.;i :
one of the boys threw a IIi ,i
handful of snow at an ''
other boy, whereupon eN- I
ro dashed some with his "'
paw at the same boy. "' '.,
Again the laug,,h and shout
rang out for Nlero, for it
was so funny to see a dog I
snow-balling; so they all
had to stop and have a o I~ I I
regular battle, and Nero -
joined in as heartily as li a il
anyone in the crowd, jump-
ing and barking all the ~'l "- i,
time with delight. This
made tliemn a little late in I'
getting home; but what I'.
wonderful news they had i I "'
to tell, when home was
reached, aboit Nero coast-
ing, and Nerio smow-balling! At first it seeled almost too strange to be true; but it was a fact, and
after that, as long as Nero lived, lie always joined in these winter pleasures.

There once lived (iiI a New island fmlirm a family Who) owned anI unusually rightt and smart dog
named FidlI. F \i v was ome of tile good OlW reliable d(IOgs. Ihe could giO to the pastlre an(d Iring all the
cows to the barn to be milked, after wliM.h lie wvtald take them bNck again, and be certain to have
the gate well fastelied. Inleeh'

;?l~b: -1 y.j~:~i ei~~~tP~:c r .. ~.aaaaL~3~.~h~4osRj~U*~Fni~;rruruua;~,.~ .;
r~'- ':'Pc

I~: ~


1 ~
,;~ ;
i~i~j~~::-'':~f3 I?
;~ r~~
:'''t- ;.;;~
i';l ''~ ':'
~i I
~Q : r BldYL~I~.~:~P~_i~S~~~a I r~a~-~b

1. ; ;E r
~ ~ :i
r'rr :.r:: ~ .I
t~C~ i:? ;: i
~I : '~~
1 .:1

1 .

I;1I .~iC
I:-i i
; UT: ;Er i
1.; '
1; '-
~-9 ...1. :i
., i

'3 ~ :e ~a~rupc~ll~-~i~a3u~s~-~7Cj.;r- .;FI I'
u rr ? G
,... r.
i:a F I,. ,,
~~u ,ra lal I -;
iziri~ "`

h~"l: I

i;r ~


.~~r~vr :a~~

,' "w : r Ly i~~
~inll;iil ~J
''' r'
e F.,.I ,~
.. -I'
II :: "
'ui ---,
'' ''

9~''~'~l"r~"~lRL~~3~i~T;~-Y--r-:d a.~


i"' 1.r ; ~a~3~nar~i~a31~---~e~sau~rru~~ _~ ~l-c;ss~~k~;P;n~Eg-~isPasrraarrp~OEC~rPB ~I
'i .I
'' ~''



be sure, it was not a hard gate to open or close; you only had to press down a long stick, which threw up tile latch;
and thl:n, to close, you only had to push it as far as it would go. Yes, it was easy, but still I think it was very
smart in Fido to be able to do it.
Fido was very fond of fresh milk, and he was several times caught in the cellar drinking from the crocks, fbr
which he was punished. He had no taste for skimmed milk, for every day that was put in the yard, in a large pan,
for the chickens, and lie could have had some of it if he wished, but lie only liked it fresh and warm. One evening
he was sitting on his hind legs
watching the man milk. I sus- "C
pect the was thinking how good -
it was, and wishing he had some.
Just for fun the man commenced "l '
milking at him. Fido immedi-
ately opened his mouth, and the
man, very much amused at his .A j: "
doing so, milked quite a quan-
tity into it. The next milking e.
time Fido was near by, expect- I
ing to get more milk, and again ''
the man milked some into his "
month. Fiom that- time on, ..'
Fido always got. a drink of .I '
milk fresh from the cow every i "
morning and evening. '
One day the men were "'
busy getting in the hay. They
thought it would rain, so they
worked hard to get it all in as :' "
soon as possible. The setting '' ;. "
sun found e the last load on the
way to the b)arn and stretched '
on top of this load lay one of
the men, sleepy and tired, and
also quite warm, and at his side
lay Fido, both of them enjoying ,
the smell of the new mown hay, ,,
which was very soothing. To r "X 7
cool himself soniewhat the man
pulled off his heavy boots, and
then soon fell off to sleep. That
nap was like an angel's visit, as
it ;wa short and sweet; but there -- --- e-- ik -
was nothing angelic in the awak-
ening, for he came in contact with the top of the barn door as the load was driven inside. He jumped up quickly,
and would very likely have been cross if he had not been so hungry; so, hurrying down from the load of hay, h(,
went to his room and made himself ready for supper, never once thinking of the boots he Add left on top of the hay
as he put his easy slippers on his feet. The next morning, however, he wanted his boots. Where were they? lt'1
was positive he had brought them to his room the night before, and, after a thorough search, he concluded that sone-
one had taken them. He was i. inI impatient, fir he was anxious to get to his work, when someone asked him
what he was looking for. "Why, my boots," lie answered; "and I would like to know who has taken them, for I
put them in my room last night. The person who asked him what he was looking foir noticed that when he said
"miy boots," Fido jumped up, u--.122- his tail, and then went out of the room; but he did not imagine what for
until, a few moments ''btr, in walked Fitdo with the boots in his mouth, and then the young man remembered that
he had left them on tl. hay tile night before.
One day Fido went to the city with his master, who wished to buy some necessary articles for the thrm, one of
which w'as a rake. The gentleman not wishing to take the large heavy wagon in which he had come, on the crowdld
principal street, left it in char(1 e of the colored nian while he went to the store. The first thing hel bought was the
rake, and it was laid aside. Ife then began to look at something else, and Fido, understanding that his nma.ter had
bought the rake, and that it had to be taker to the wagon, concluded to take ii, there; so he pulled it through the


,. : ".,- I..

,, ., : .

. ,, .,r ,,
... --~:r n~- .._ =i .. ... .i~ ., .. .. ..,,.,,

r 141


Tj U.

.,"C~ ,, ,' .-j .,..;;,:.',, '

.,,. .
b *L~l N x,.r if-

-:1, -t
em-' IN ,


door by one end, and then picking it up with his teeth by the middle of the handle, he started at a brisk rate for
the wagon. He took up the entire sidewalk, and all the people he met had to step to one side to let him pass; but
as it was such a funny sight, they were very willing to do so. He took it straight to the wagon, and then turned
round and ran back to die store to see if there were any thing else for him to carry.

When all the people in the world are good, then we may expect all dogs to be so. But I do believe that had
dogs are of more use in the world than bad people. They are generally true to their masters, and are of much service
as watch-dogs. Sometimes they are kept chained dur-
ing the day, and unchained at night; then woe to the -
thief that comes near. Some of these watch-dogs are' ',
terrible-looking creatures, and the one I am going to ,
tell of was the ugliest of his kind. ,
He was a great big fellow, with immense jaws and .
teeth that looked like they could make mince-meat of" '
you in a very few minutes. He belonged to a gentle- '
man whose wife owned a pet pug. Now if there was /-'
any thing in the world this bad dog hated, it was this ''
pet pug. I don't know why he took such a dislike to
it, but he did, and horribly would he growl whenever : ,,, '
he saw the fat little fellow. Sometimes the lady would .
walk around the yard with her pug, and if the bad .
dog was near she would have the gardener take him
away and chain him in the stable. She did not feel -
afraid of him Ih r-- If, but feared her little dog would
venture too near and be bitten. This happened sev- ., .
eral times, and I suppose the bad dog came to the
conclusion that if he wanted that pug to chew he. .
would have to get the lady out of the way first. '.
One bright summer morning the lady was walk- ..
ing around her beautiful grounds, admiring the flow- "'' ti '.
ers and the velvety green grass. She noticed that -- '
the bad dog was unchained, but as the pug was not
with her, she felt all was safe; and speaking a kind -
word to the ugly brute, she p;,-'.l him by, never
dreaming of harm to. herself. She was alone and .
quite far from the house, when, with a low growl,
the bad dog sprang at her, grabbing her by the upper'
part of the arm. She gave a loud scream, but before'
help could have come to her from the house she would,-
in all probability, have been killed had it not been --
for a good dog who was owned by one of her neigh-
bors-a fine, large, smooth St. Bernard named Leo.
This dog was near at the time, and, quick as thought,
he ran to her assistance when he heard the scream, and forced himself between the lidv and the bad dog, doing all
he could to push him away. For this reason the dog partly lost his grip, and could not get a chance for another
bite. In a few moments the gardener and others came to her rescue, and she soon found that sihe was more frightened
than hurt, though her arm for many days bore the marks of his big teeth. That night the lady's husband had the
dog shot, for he was afraid that he might at some future time try to bite her again.

The story of Snuffy is sad, but it is sweet to think of the life of such a dog. lie belonged to my nearest neighbor,
and his many smart little tricks were a great pleasure to his owners. He was taught from the vryv first, to say "please
when le wanted anything, and his way of saying it was by sitting on his hind legs andls a dropping his paws in front of
him. This he always did when he saw anything he wanted. When quite a little puppy his mistress would put him in

a. it
*. "..
, .ii,: tl.

S ', ;

. ,' *, .



r? tt.. '19,_


the corner to teach him to sit uiip straight; but %'i-i.t regarded it as a punishimennit, alnd wa, when Ih wa;s ciauight in
any mischief, he would run to the corner and hold his paws'. in that -,i.! 1:. li.'_ manlner whi ch said as plainly as :-.n
I'ngluage could, i'l :.I- don't whip me!"
One day ,''t! ran .11, and that wa.~ the cause of his sad end. His mistress sent her ,aiI to iook for hi' !te
moment she discovered his. absence; ht he had not gotten as flr ais the gate, when he saw "NI*Ni dri-,h'. i., i
home in a very sorry condition indeed. He had .
been in a fight, it was presumed, with a I',e' .
jd. ., and one hind leg was almost in shreds.
S\\i1 a sad heart the lady took him in, and I
sent the man immediately fori the doctor. 'Ev- -
Scrything was done by his mistress and her daugh- <
St I to alleviate his sufferings that was in their
Power to do. They took turns in sitting up with ,
him at night, and never once did they hear a ,
whine or groan through all his -iil, i iiu.;- wiieh i
the doctor said were very great; and instead of '.
trying to bite him when he dressed the leg, he '
would lick his hand. He knew perfectly well T. 'i
that the painful operation was done for his '.... .
Every chance he got he would lick the hands. -
'i" the kind ladie -who--were trying to save his '
life; but this was impossible, and, after seven 1
.davs of -n11- 11I,. lhe passed away. Byron says: ii i I '
SDenied in heaven the soul he had on eari .". 'i
ti 11 ; 1 F '

CARLO. I ; *
^ tate of ew J the, k th n l d ..
S Carlo belonged a family who lived in the i 'I i
State of New oiork. "He was the friend of the I1 '
entire household, but there was no one he loved' '''
as he did Miss Louise, a young lady of sixteen.
If he was not all,.,,ed ,t, go with her when she -
left the place, he was unhappy all the time she --' i, .
was away, even th.-iiah it-.y- irL- before her .
return. '
One afternoon all the family were away (ex- .
erpLt Mi..- Louise and Carlo. The young lady _
w! sn reading, when she was interrupted by the -- -
i lond barking of Carlo. .,- went to the door '
to learn the cause of so .much noise, and there
Stood one of her neighbors, a weak-minded young
man. It was strange that Carlo should be so angry, for this *.,i;:an. young man had often been shnt to l' I onh
Some simple errand, and Carlo had never before opposed, his approach. Miss Louise ried by every persuasion i to Li
SCarlo to allow him to bring a note to her which i held in his hand, but the dog seemed possessed, and : bi!ked a-
lie had never done before, which frightened the '.II- man very much, and he soon went home in a inur'. -i
.ao amcg .n l (sfioli
Louise stood watching him, and (Carlo was much '!, i' to see him go. Wihn he had gone some dist''ce Mh s
tLo.unise saw him take a long sharp knife from under his coat. -.h. was nii I'' hi r ri~red, but then unllder.tood v.h Car!o
would not allow him to 'ome near her. Whether he intended.. t o o her ai. h..-ir,. she never knew, or how,-it was
that (Carlo knew lie had the knife. Perhaps he saw it 1,.J -,e cam' ,'- the door. Both Ilnailics wer-r very ii iuh
frightened over the incident, and it was thought best to -, i:'l t,. poor fe low to an institution ilmbleih. -

i-_ ~
[ -

"eh Xi
R ii I ..f


..: V larl~~l~p~!BC-



-I. '

,:;, ,..

~~ .,

*. 4 ~ ,

.1 Mf ~i~ .'

"* .." .. '" " .. '4:,' r ,

*i ; " *, *, .... j*, ,**.,i, ...
( :(
":' "" " : A .* . .

...,.J. ., ,, .:t '. . ; / .[' J '" ,

University of Florida Home Page
© 2004 - 2010 University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
All rights reserved.

Acceptable Use, Copyright, and Disclaimer Statement
Last updated October 10, 2010 - - mvs