Here is the 27th weekly digest for Animal History Daily, which I'm running on Twitter (@hannahvelten) every day for 2014. Using the #AHD tag, I find random titbits of animal history from the British Newspaper Archive (@BNArchive) on the appropriate day, from any year (generally the 1800s).
This week… I give you DOGS.
IMAGE OF THE WEEK
"This is a scene which may be witnessed any day, especially during the busy season, in front of the Army and Navy Stores in Victoria Street. A tolerably large percentage of customers to the Stores are accompanied by canine pets of various breeds and sizes, but as entrance to the Stores is rigorously forbidden to dogs, they are obliged to be left outside in charge of footmen or commissionaires, or, in some cases, without any supervision at all. This very often leads to their straying or being enticed away, and the moral of the picture is, “When you go shopping at the Stores, leave your dogs at home.”"
27 July 1889
This week’s #AHD tweets: show dogs, dog’s revenge on cat, stuffed dog, ladies’ pets, train dogs, gifted skeleton and a lightning dog.
2nd July: Best Crystal Palace Dog Show yet: though dogs appeared to suffer greatly from intense heat, despite hanging of damp canvas etc. (The Graphic)
3rd July: 1927: Lincoln: Dog Kills & Burys Cat - stranger cat repeatedly invading dog's territory, so dog killed it and buried it in the garden (Morning Chronicle)
4th July 1942: Visitors to London should look in the Strand, near Somerset House, for a British bull dog peeping out of shop doorway which looks like it's spoiling for a fight. It is stuffed. For 25yrs it tricked visitors too in Burlington Arcade where lived before move (2 tweets) (Evening Telegraph) *
5th July: 1911: Since ladies took up the pursuit of dog-breeding the lot of the animal has been enormously improved – hospitals & homes, etc (Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette)
6th July: 1890: To Editor from ‘A Dog’: Beg yr readers not to send us by train during Christmas week. Vans full of parcels & our sufferings great (Morning Post)
7th July: 1885: Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons has been enriched with skeleton of large St Bernard dog, Chang, immortalised in Punch mag (Western Times) - see image to left: Chang was owned by George du Maurier, one of Punch's illustrators. Chang sneaked into many illustrations in the magazine.
8th July: 1866: Retriever dog (& man) killed by lightning strike at Wood Ham pigeon shooting club – dog seen kicking legs when vapour cleared (Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper)
* I tried really hard to find an image, but I’m defeated.
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