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Animal memoirs Samuel Lockwood

Animal memoirs

Samuel Lockwood

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free.This is an OCR edition with typos.Excerpt from book:CHAPTER IV. ANIMAL HUMOR. â?”Canine Cunnings. Three or four gentleman-like dogs. (ROM a boy up the writer has held companionship with dogs of many kinds, both small and great. Every one of them had its individual character, â?” the little dogs and all, Tray, Blanch, and Sweetheart. Each one in kind or degree had its own virtues and failings, its own levities and gravities. Were but the half written that I could tell, it would make a book. A few recollections shall suffice. And first, â?” Dick, our Black-and-Tan. For striking contrasts of fun and pathos I would commend to you our young dog Dick, a medium-sized black-and-tan. On his mothers side he was highbred - of his father less was known. The one composite word which expressed the mental make-up of the animal was textit{whole-soul-ed-ness. When Dick set out for a frolic, all his powers were enlisted for the occasion. There was nothing perfunctory in his nature. Whatever he went about he gave his whole mind to. At make-believe anger no canine could excel him, and I have never seen his equal. I would set him on his mistress, to whom he was devotedly attached. He would leap at her as if meaning serious business- would take her bare arm into his mouth and feignedly pull and tear. The savagery of his growls was in truth too highly colored- but it did help out the play of ferocity. Had Dick been man instead of dog his theatrical role would surely have been a pirate, buccaneer, bandit, or some such melodramatic marauding man of blood. In the bathos of tragic swagger, or the pathos of the impossible, Dick was perfection. He rolled the gutturals with such grandly intense effect! A stranger entering during one of Dicks tragedy fits would have thought his mistress a doomed woman. Make-believe mad! That dog could sim...