This section is from the book "The Dogs Of Great Britain, America, And Other Countries. Their Breeding, Training, and Management in Health and Disease", by John Henry Walsh (Stonehenge). Also available from Amazon: The Dogs Of Great Britain, America And Other Countries.
Every lover of the dog has hailed with lively satisfaction the reproduction of Stonehenge's Great Works in the United States. Mr. Walsh does not always express himself in the smoothest terms, but what he writes is to the point The reader feels that he is explaining or advising what he knows to be true from actual experience, that he can safely purchase one animal or administer medicine to another in accordance with his directions. The composition of his latest book, the "Dogs of the British Islands," shows a marked improvement over the of "The Dog in Health and Disease," though the directions for breeding, rearing, etc, and for the treatment of the diseases, are fuller and more satisfactory in the matter. The present volume very properly, therefore, combines descriptions of dogs selected from both works, while the matter pertaining to the breeding of dogs, management in disease, etc., is produced almost bodily from Stonehenge's first book. The illustrations are much the superior in the latest work, and are therefore selected from that for reproduction.
Portraits of several well known American dogs are added.
The rapidly increasing interest manifested in Dog Shows bears evidence to the growing regard and care in the United States for the canine species. Of all animals, the dog possesses the most intelligence, and, with proper effort and training, can be educated up to a point next to human. We have plenty of books on the dog, but none furnishing the desired information and instruction which are presented in Stonehenge's combined works.
Time devoted to the animal creation is by no means lost Not to speak of the practical results, it has an ameliorating effect upon humanity. He who is kind to his brutes does not himself become a brute. If the disposition to treat them with consideration is cultivated, it is carried into his daily walk and conversation, with humanity. He who practices profanity and physical abuse upon his animals, all the more readily berates his family. However de graded, the man who loves his dog is not wholly lost There is yet considerable humanity about him, which may, perhaps, be sooner or later successfully appealed to. The dog is a valuable factor in society. Cuvier styles the domestic dog "the most useful conquest that man has gained in the animal world." The Shaggy Esquimaux which draws its heavy sled over weary roads; the faithful Colley, "without which" says the Ettrick Shepherd" "the whole of the open mountainous land in Scotland would not be worth a sixpence"; the noble Newfoundland which protects and rescues life; the sturdy Mastiff which guards well the home from all intruders; the Pointer or Setter which, with its unerring scent, contributes to the delicacy of the table, and in the "season" swells may be his masters slender income; the lively Terrier which rids the house of vermin; the ever alert Skye, whose shrill night bark betokens danger - one and all enact an important part for mankind.
When we take into account the very many valuable services performed for us by the various species, we can not so much wonder, perhaps, that the untutored savage thinks his dog follows him straight to the spirit land, or that the ancient Egyptians freshly shaved themselves as a mark of grief every time a dog died in the family, or that a tribe of Ethiopia once set up a dog for their king, and accepted the wags of his tail as heavenly divinations. He is certainly one of the noblest and most useful of animals.