Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Good Dogs from Past Centuries

I have enjoyed posting old photos of "good dogs" this year.  They make me feel good as I think about the story the photo presents.

Recently I have become curious about dogs and their relationship to humans before the age of photographs.  Was the bond considered worth writing about?  I see mention in 18th century novels I read about a beloved lap cat or little family dog, but were they considered worthy subjects for an article, essay or a book?

I grew up on books like Bob, Son of Battle and watching Rin Tin Tin  and Lassie on early TV so it is this sort of doggy hero I am curious about in previous centuries.  Bob, Son of Battle is the title of the U.S. printing, Owd Bob being the 1898 British title.  I had no clue it was so old until I started writing this!!

If you have never read this classic, give it a shot!  Here is a link to the American edition.

From Wikipedia: Owd Bob: The Grey Dog of Kenmuir, also titled Bob, Son of Battle in U.S. editions, is a children's book by English author Alfred Ollivant. It was published in 1898 and went on to become popular in the United Kingdom and the United States, though most of the dialogue in the book was written in the Cumbrian dialect.

Do you like Bearded Collies? Below is from a page dedicated to books featuring Beardies!

"They two most highly sought versions of Owd Bob were published by William Heinemann LTD (London, Toronto) in 1937 and 1947 - listed as Illustrated Edition. 

These were illustrated by K.F.Barker - and the illustrations are of Bearded Collies. The 37 edition is much larger and has of course larger illustrations than the '47 version which is more of a pocket edition. Both have the dust cover shown above."


Owd Bob has been represented by many of the herding dogs in movies and illustrations.


The artist here is Margaret Kirmse.  She is an American illustrator, born in 1895 in England, but finding her way as a visual artist here in the states. Her dog etchings are just delightful!  Here is a search for them.

Nice binding below :-)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Argo, the Fire Dog

I should have posted Argo for Halloween I suppose.  Argo is a VERY good dog to put up with the shenanigans of his friends.  The caption with the photo said those bizarre spectacles Argo is wearing are shooting glasses, and that the uniform was a fire department's.  
What is that special purpose barn behind him?  And the chimney on the brick building?