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Sunday, May 20, 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Washington D.C., 1919: a young Italian strikes a blow for equality as a single mother and immigrant in the employ of the US Postal Service. Victor Emmanuel, a tortoiseshell left behind by a foreign official, was adopted by the city post office as a staff mouser, only to surprise her employer with the value-added gift of four kittens and a fast rethink on gender.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
A BIT OF A DOG.
The smaller the dog is, the surer to wear
A pushing, important, impertinent air.
I judge from Adolphus—the least of my friends
No sooner begun than he suddenly ends.
There's never a minnow more arrowy-spry,
No needle so sharp as his little black eye.
His wiry legs flicker too quickly to see,
And often he chooses to hirple* on three.
He runs like a leaf blown along in a draught,
Half side-ways, for want of more balancing aft.
His tiny brown body goes lightly on springs,
But his thoughts are concerned with the weightiest
He has to enquire, as he scouts down the street,
The business of every odd dog he may meet.
He's always on business, quick, perky, and trim,
Not walking with you—you accompany him.
At evening his gravity seems to convey
His sense of an active, responsible day.
Oh, long may you dodge death's preposterous dart,
You little brown dog with the high little heart!
-- Holmes, W. Kersley. More Ballads of Field And Billet, And Other Verses. Paisley: Gardner, 1915. p. 60.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018
I've been tripping happily through a series of American field dog stud books published from 1901 to 1923. Why? For the sheer entertainment of the names:
Bang Bang Fred
Zoo Boy Jr.
Princess Nicotine Buckellew
Kate Perry (an English Setter from Hot Springs AR)
Queen of the Stubble
. . . and that's from ONE year.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
|from the museum collection|
Saturday, May 12, 2018
The Druggist, the Little Girl and Her Dog
A self-recording scale stood on the sidewalk in front of a drug store. A Woman, accompanied by her little Girl and her Dog, approached the scale. The Dog jumping on the platform, the Mother of the Girl said: "Get off, Jack; this is not for you," while the Girl, seeing the weight recorded, called out, "Forty pounds!" The Druggist standing in the doorway of the store, hearing the command of the Girl's mother, remarked, "I am willing that my scale be used by all that are my friends, the lowly as well as the high." "I am glad to hear you say that," said the Girl. "My Dog is low, but he looks up friendly to everybody."
The Dog at the Window and the Girl
A Dog was looking out of a window opening on a street, when a little Girl standing on the opposite side observed him. The Dog was motionless and the Girl was uncertain whether he was alive, or whether what she saw was the stuffed figure of the animal. So she crossed the street, and approaching the Dog smiling, he extended his head so that she could pat it.
(Moral:) To make a friend one has to approach his heart.
-- Sonntag, Lincoln. Up-to-date Animal And Other Fables. [Tarrytown, N.Y.], 1924. pp. 16, 65
Thursday, May 10, 2018
|from british library flickr (PD)|
*From p. 115 of "Jardyne's Wife. A Novel, etc." (Etc.? - curator) (London: Trischler and Co., 1891).