All dogs should have more or less hard feed two or three times a week at any rate, a bone or a biscuit, or something they can use their teeth upon and not bolt. A dog's teeth are just as Important to its continued well-being as those of a human being, and as we cannot provide our four footed friends with a false set, every care should be exercised in order to preserve the teeth.

Of vegetables, onions, carrots, turnips, beet root, and a few potatoes are the most nutritious and fat forming. Cabbages and similar kinds are good for the blood, but contain few positive properties. Oatmeal is fattening but heating; rice forms an ideal food for toys, being very easily digested, satisfying, but not too stimulative; pearl barley, sago, tapioca, and semolina may all be made use of as changes. If you do use milk, see it is fresh, and then boil it. Milk, in combination with other material, as for instance in the way of a rice or bread pudding, would be all right, or, used with eggs.

Eggs are especially useful when nourishment has to be given with a spoon. Cooked liver is not a bad thing to mix in the food once in awhile, but not oftener than once a week.

Cornmeal much or baked corn bread for a change in winter is all right, but much too heating to the blood in summer. Candy, cake, or anything sweet or too greasy should never be given a dog - you might just as well give them poison in small doses. Many a dog has died before its time due to this mistaken kindness of its master or mistress. When darling Fido so frightens his mistress with that low moan, succeeded by that painful and prolonged howl, with his back arched, his feet tucked In towards each other, and vainly trying every possible posture to escape the pain, he is merely suffering the natural result of that last lump of sugar. True, Fido may have had sugar frequently without suffering in this way, hut the last lump is the straw that breaks the camel's back; and no surprise need be felt if persistence in the kindly-meant but objectionable practices induces repeated attacks of colic, ending in inflammation and death.

I have been called in many a time to see a sick dog that was in misery due solely to improper and over-feeding, but could do it no good, for it was so fat, asthmatical and wheezy that it could hardly walk or get its breath; no medical skill could avail and the pet had to die - not its fault, but its owner's. Take my advice and warning - don't feed your pet these poisons every time it begs you, perhaps by "sitting up" or "speaking," but treat it with true kindness by feeding as I have advised, and never oftener than twice a day. Always keep clean, fresh water handy, and in summer see that it is never exposed to the sun. Eggs are good for dogs, but I have found that in cases of a sick dog with a weak stomach very few of them can hold it down. Chicken gravy, or the gravy with a little flour in it, as the wife makes it in stewing chicken giblets, is often accepted by a sick dog after refusing everything else that has been offered it.

A sick dog will sometimes eat a stewed beef kidney.

If you feed potatoes, feed mashed potatoes, as these the dog can digest easier. If you have only one dog, get him used to eating dog cakes dry, for his breakfast, and for his supper, you may have enough left from your lunch and dinner for the one dog, and that bone from the porterhouse steak, or from the roast, will be appreciated by him.

Quite a valuable article is the following, taken from American Fancier and Stock-keeper, as to feeding of Toy Dogs. In it are good ideas, especially applicable to dogs at bench shows, but good to adopt even for dogs at home.

"The proper way to feed toy dogs is an everlasting subject of debate where two or three are gathered together in show corners. There is no proper way per se. The question of suitable feed all depends, both upon the breed and the individual. Sloppy food, for toys as well as in the interests of bigger dogs, must be avoided, and food that is solid and somewhat concentrated is indicated. In the case of Pomeranians and other long coated dogs stronger food is more desirable than -for smooths. That is, the drain of the coat on .the dog's system must be met. Likewise the nervous energy of these small dogs must be taken into consideration. The Pomeranian, for instance, will wear himself to a shadow much sooner than the easy going pug or toy spaniel. In the former's case a diet varied, digestible and nutritious, much in a little, is the proper thing, and nothing is better than underdone (rare), roast beef and chicken, which to vary the diet may be alternated with fresh tripe and white fish, from which all bones must be taken out.

Pet dogs, whose vigorous constitutions and active appetites call for a greater bulk of food, should be fed on boiled rice or crumbled stale bread in conjunction with the meat, the meat being fed last. It is not good to fill these little gluttons out with milk or as much meat as they will eat. Plain rice is not heating and does not fatten like meals. Should a toy dog take to the dog biscuit these may also be given chopped dry.

"A great many toy dogs suffer more or less from cankered teeth brought on by fermentation in the stomach, in most cases due entirely to an indiscreet diet of sloppy, sweet foods. Eschew all these and bring the little chaps down to a dry, hard diet if possible, or a diet which will make them chew and not lap or bolt their foods. Nature provided the dog in its natural state with a stomach that would digest nails, as the saying goes, but civilization has altered all this for the pet dog, as well as his owner, and modern excesses work their ills on both. So the different conditions must be met."

The following written by Dent, is especially intended to apply as to Feeding of Hunting Dogs:

"The dog is a carniverous animal, and although domestication and association with man have, in some respects, altered or affected his organs of digestion, he thrives best upon a mixed diet or one containing both meat, grain and vegetables. The proportions of these depend altogether upon the individual's constitution, peculiar existing state of health, and the work he-is called upon to do. These matters can only be determined by experiment and observation. Food and water are to the muscular system what fuel and steam are to the locomotive. Muscular exertion calls for a destruction of muscular elements; the destruction of muscular elements generates heat in varying degrees and a large amount of effete poisonous matter that the kidneys and bowels are called upon to remove.