-- Do you know a dog that has done something like that? I'd love to hear.
This anecdote is from The Little Gleaner, A Monthly Magazine for the Young (Vol. I, New Series; London: Houlston and Sons, 1879), p.182. A Christian periodical, this magazine is full of the 19th-century variety of improving thoughts and words. I have great respect for this, but can't help but be glad we don't write this kind of thing for little kids any more (the snippet comes from the New Year's article):
Some who read the first pages of last year's Little Gleaner are now no more in this world. They have been called to lay aside our little Magazine and all things else below, and to leave behind kind parents, companions, and friends; and the dark, cold, silent grave has opened to receive their bodies; but their immortal spirits have returned to God who gave them.Yikes.