Dog Stories [NOOK Book]

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BEING ANECDOTES OF THE INTELLIGENCE, REASONING POWER, AFFECTION AND SYMPATHY OF DOGS, SELECTED FROM THE CORRESPONDENCE COLUMNS OF "THE SPECTATOR"

The following Dog Stories are taken from the pages of the Spectator, with the permission of the editors and proprietors. It was suggested to...
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BEING ANECDOTES OF THE INTELLIGENCE, REASONING POWER, AFFECTION AND SYMPATHY OF DOGS, SELECTED FROM THE CORRESPONDENCE COLUMNS OF "THE SPECTATOR"

The following Dog Stories are taken from the pages of the Spectator, with the permission of the editors and proprietors. It was suggested to me by Mr. Fisher Unwin that the many strange and pleasant stories of dogs which from time to time are sent to the Spectator by its correspondents would, if put together, form a volume of no little entertainment for all who love dogs, or are interested in stories of animal intelligence. Up till now the Spectator dog stories, after the week of their publication, have practically been inaccessible to the general reader; for he is a bold man who will attack a bound volume of a newspaper in search of amusement. Though I at once agreed that the suggested book would be a very readable one, and likely to please dog-lovers all the world over, I did not, till the selection was nearly made, realize how much the stories gain by being grouped together. A single story of a clever dog may amuse, but it is liable to be put aside as an accident, a coincidence, a purely exceptional circumstance which proves nothing. If, however, instead of a single story we have half a dozen illustrating the same form of intelligence, the value of the evidence is enormously increased, and a collection of dog stories may become of very great value in determining such questions as the power of dogs to act on reason as well as on instinct, or their ability to understand human language. The solution of these problems is, I cannot help thinking, materially advanced by the stories in the present book. Take, again, the group of stories which I have labeled Purchasing Dogs. One sample of this kind might, as I have noted above, be put off as a case of imperfect observation, or as a curious coincidence; but when we get a whole group of stories it becomes very difficult to doubt that dogs may learn the first principles of the science of exchange. The Italian dog which did the narrator a service by fetching him cigars, demanded payment in the shape of a penny, and then used that penny by exchanging it for a loaf, was far advanced in the practice of Political Economy. He not only understood and acted on an implied contract, but realized the great fact at the back of the currency. "What are guineas," said Horne Tooke, "but tickets for sheep and oxen!" The Italian dog did not, like a savage, say, "What is the use of copper to me, I cannot eat it?" Instead, he perceived that the piece of copper was a ticket for bread. It should be noted too that this dog, the dog called Hardy and others, were able to distinguish between the pieces of copper given them. Again, the Glasgow story shows that a dog can learn to realize that a halfpenny will buy not merely one thing but several thingsā€”in fact, that the great advantage of exchange by currency over barter is that it gives you a choice. While on the subject of purchasing dogs, it is curious to reflect how very little is wanted to convert the dog that is able to purchase into a free agent. If a dog can exchange his faculty for cigar carrying or his tricks against half-pence, why should he not exchange useful services, such as guarding a house or herding sheep, and so become self-supporting? Imagine a collie paid by the day, and, when his work was over, receiving twopence and going off to buy his supper. But the vista opened is too far-reaching. One sees down it dogs paid by the hour and by the piece, and then dogs asking for better pay and shorter hours, and, finally, dogs on strike, and dog "black-legs," or "free dogs."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012567369
  • Publisher: WHITE DOG PUBLISHING
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,254,039
  • File size: 114 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Pretty good

    Excellent if you are one of those that thinks that animals do communicate like humans do

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Dogs ROCK

    I love love love dogs and love this happy awesome epic book!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Awesome

    I love hearing stories like these, because they make me laugh and are adorable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    I love dogs

    I love dogs x9999999999999999

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2011

    very old in style

    most stores were written in the 1800's, if you like the old english you've found a gem - I didn't

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    awesome

    awesome :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Dog lover

    I love dogs but i havent read this book yet i put it on my wish list till i get money.I have a dog she is the most cutest thing ever.so i cant wait to read this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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