...little and prettie, proper and fine, and sought out far and neere to sastifie
the nice delicacie of dainty dames, and wanton womens willes; instruments of
follie to plaie and dallie withall, in trifling away the treasure oftime, to
withdraw their minds from more commendable exercises, and to content their
corrupt concupiscenceswith vaine disport, a sillie poore shift to shun their
irksome idleness. These Sybariticall puppies, the smaller they be. . . the
better they be accepted, the more pleasure also they provoke, as meet
plaiefellowes for minsing mistresses to beare in their bosoms, to keepe companie
withall in their chambers, to succour with sleepe in bed, and nourish with meat
at bord, to lie in their laps, and licke their lips as they lie. . . in their
wagons and coches.
-- Jesse, G.R., History of the British Dog, 2 vols. (London, 1856), 2.228; quoted in MacDonogh, Katharine, Reigning Cats and Dogs (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999), pp. 77-78.
I love that line about how they "licke their lips as they lie".