Mrs. G. L. Strong, wife of Colonel T. E. Strong, Indian Staff Corps, who has spent fourteen years in India, and has now settled at Claremont, Exeter, has always been fond of horses and dogs. She has hunted the wild boar, and also kept a "Bobbari" pack in India, consisting of English and Persian Greyhounds and Terriers, and last, but not least, a "Dingo." This Australian dog came to them as a lion, and left them a lamb.
MRS. G. L. STRONGS POODLES CIGARETTE.
From photo by J. R. Browning. Exeter.
From photo by Scott & Sons, Exeter.
This mixed pack hunted hyaenas, foxes, and jackals, and gave them many a good run. One ended in a most amusing way, and no one but an eye-witness would believe it possible. It happened near Baroda, in Bombay Presidency. I will give Mrs. Strong's own words of this affair:. "We had had a good run with our little pack after a jackal, which they finally ran into and apparently killed. Colonel Strong gave him his quietus, as we thought, with his stirrup iron, and, cutting off his brush, hung it on to his saddle. We all then moved away to look for another. A few minutes after, on turning round, we saw this tailless jack slouching off under a hedge. No animal but a jackal or a fox would have been so cunning as to sham death like this."
Mrs. Strong had also a breed of Bull-terriers up to the sixteenth generation, and on the last of that family dying in 1894, she changed her pets to Poodles, and bought as puppies Pongo and Cigarette, the former black, the latter red, and both great prize winners, whose portraits accompany this article. Their progeny are now coming forward in the prize lists. I have also the pleasure to give a capital portrait of their owner, who is so popular amongst Doggy People.
MRS. G. L. STRONG.
From photo by Browning, Exeter.