The Dog and the Sportsman: Embracing the Uses, Breeding, Training, Diseases, Etc., Etc., of Dogs, and an Account of the Different Kinds of Game, with Their Habits. Also Hints to Shooters, with Various Useful Recipes, Etc., Etc

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Lea & Blanchard, 1845 - Dog breeds - 223 pages

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Page 43 - My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind, So flew'd, so sanded ; and their heads are hung With ears that sweep away the morning dew ; Crook-knee'd, and dew-lapp'd like Thessalian bulls ; Slow in pursuit, but match'd in mouth like bells, Each under each.
Page 39 - But the poor dog, in life the firmest friend, The first to welcome, foremost to defend, Whose honest heart is still his master's own, Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone, Unhonour'd falls, unnoticed all his worth, Denied in heaven the soul he held on earth: While man, vain insect!
Page 110 - By the' indented steel With gripe tenacious held, the felon grins, And struggles, but in vain : yet oft 'tis known, When every art has fail'd, the captive fox Has shared the wounded joint, and with a limb Compounded for his life.
Page 76 - ... shine like a mirror. Tallow, or any other grease, becomes rancid and rots the stitching, as well as the leather; but the rosin gives it an antiseptic quality which preserves the whole. Boots or shoes should be so large as to admit of wearing in them cork soles.
Page 45 - He has much to undergo, and should have strength proportioned to it. Let his legs be straight as arrows, his feet round and not too large ; his shoulders back ; his breast rather wide than narrow ; his chest deep ; his back broad ; his head small ; his neck thin; his tail thick and bushy ; if he carry it well, so much the better.
Page 22 - O'er all let cleanliness preside, no scraps Bestrew the pavement, and no half-pick'd bones To kindle fierce debate, or to disgust That nicer sense, on which the sportsman's hope, And all his future triumphs, must depend. Soon as the growling pack with eager joy Have lapp'd their smoking viands, morn or eve, From the full cistern lead the ductile streams, To wash thy court well pav'd, nor spare thy pains, For much to health will cleanliness avail. Seek'st thou for hounds to climb the rocky steep,...
Page 109 - He returns in a few minutes for more; which he carries off or conceals in the same manner, but in a different place. In this way he proceeds till the progress of the sun, or some movements perceived in the house, warn him that it is time to suspend his operations, and to retire to his den.
Page 33 - I purchased these two pups of the English captain for a guinea a-piece. Being bound again to sea, I gave the dog-pup, which was called Sailor, to Mr. John Mercer, of West River ; and the slut-pup, which was called Canton, to Doctor James Stewart, of Sparrow's Point. The history which the English captain gave me of these pups was, that the owner of his brig was extensively engaged in the Newfoundland trade, and had directed his correspondent to select and send him a pair of pups of the most approved...
Page 91 - Occasionally during the day, in retired and little frequented parts of the country, an individual is seen to scud from the path, where it has been basking in the sun ; but the best time for studying the habits of the animal is during moon-light nights, when the hare is to be seen sporting with its companions in unrestrained gambols, frisking with delighted eagerness around its mate, or busily engaged in cropping its food. On such occasions the turnip and cabbage fields suffer severely, where these...
Page 94 - ... Mr. P. intends to bring him down in a few days and give our citizens a chance to see this rarely found animal, whose strength, agility, ferocity, and tenacity of life render him monarch of the forest, and the dreaded foe of the most intrepid hunter." The Common Gray Squirrel, is exceedingly common in the United States, and was once so excessively multiplied as to be a scourge to the inhabitants, not only consuming their grain but exhausting the public treasury by the amount of premiums given...

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