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The author of this work is too sensible of the somewhat
rugged form in which it is presented to the public; but the time occupied in its compilation having being taken from professional avocations, he is unable to bestow the revision on it which he could desire. To write a history of the British Dog would require still more extended research, and the present effort in that direction will, it is hoped, meet with favour. They who have had personal experience in similar labours, will, the author believes, be most indulgent in their judgment: they who have ever sought for accurate and original sources of information on any subject, are well aware how little the result is adequate, in many cases, to the amount of time and drudgery bestowed. In the event of any of his readers being kindly disposed to point out to the writer any historical information he has overlooked, or not had access to, it will be received with grateful thanks.
The few meagre scraps hitherto published on the history of the British Dog, and the ancient hunting establishments of England, have been so frequently copied by one writer from another, and inserted over and over again in periodicals, that the probabilities are strong in favour of original and genuine research being received with interest by the public. Also, no author has, it is believed, ever attempted the collection of the works of the English and other poets illustrative of the sublime virtues of the dog. Portions of these poems are often quoted, and make many persons desirous of perusing the whole. Other poems of the kind, thongh of high merit, are nearly unknown to the general public. The presenting these, culled from many writers, both modern and ancient, will, it is hoped, fill a gap in our literature.
CONTENTS OF VOL. I.
• Tribute to the Memory of the same Dog,' 74. Wolcott (Peter
Pindar): "The Old Shepherd's Dog,' 76. Goldsmith: ‘Elegy on the
Death of a Mad Dog,' 76. Cowper : ‘The Dog and the Water-lily,' 78.
Prior : “Solomon on the Vanity of the World,' 79. “The Dog's Am-
bition,' anonymous, 80. Sir Walter Scott's letter to Mr. Thomas
Goodlake; Bonny Heck; the Hare of Balchristy, 83-86. Poem, ' The
last dying Words of Bonny Heck, 86-89. Porson's charade, 89.
Translation from the Latin in praise of the dog, 90.
The attributes and qualities of the dog partially illustrated by anecdotes ;
his virtues, feelings, and powers of mind, 92. Anecdotes ; faithfulness
in adversity—the prisoner's spaniel, 94. The dog's antipathies con-
quered by his affections—Neptune, the dog of the wreck, 96. Instances
of reasoning :—the bull-terrier and the hares, 98; the setter and his
friend the Newfoundland, 100; the school-dog, 101. An Australian
incident, 102. The dog's knowledge of death :-Don, a Spanish pointer,
103; the lost sportsman, 103; instance from Sykes's ' Local Records,'
105. Mourners at funerals, 105, 106.
affection, 140. Exploits of Bolt, a Scotch terrier, 141, 142. Saves a
girl from being burnt; love for his daily walk, 143. His resentment
and reconciliation, 144-146. Extraordinary sagacity of Mr. Ross's dog
Sharpie, 146-149. Neptune, a Newfoundland dog, three operations
performed on his eyelid ; his tricks and accomplishments; his peculiar
instinct, 149-155. The dogs of Labrador, 155. Hereditary tendencies
of dogs; instances of eccentricity, and of suicide, 156, 157.