The natural history of dogs, including also the genera hyaena and proteles: Vol. 1, with memoir of Pallas, vol. 2, with memoir of F. d'Azara, Volume 2

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Page 143 - ... to tyrannize over him for many months after he came here from abroad. I have seen the little creature run furiously at the great animal when gnawing a bone, who instantly turned himself submissively over on his back, with all his legs in the air, whilst...
Page 114 - Our pack of dogs consisted of about five-and-twenty of various sorts and sizes. This variety, though not altogether intentional, as I was obliged to take any that could be procured, was of the greatest service on such an expedition, as I observed that some gave notice of danger in one way, and others, in another. Some were more disposed to watch against men, and others against wild beasts ; some discovered an enemy by their quickness of hearing, others by that of scent : some were useful...
Page 77 - Darwin, has rashly asserted that a thorough philological inquiry would most assuredly show that in no language and at no period, did man positively confound the wolf, the jackal, or the fox, with a real dog.
Page 76 - Here's no fantastic masque, nor dance, But of our kids, that frisk and prance : Nor wars are seen, Unless upon the green Two harmless lambs are butting one the other, Which done, both bleating run, each to his mother ; And wounds are never found, Save what the plough-share gives the ground.
Page 143 - But I know you have,' continued the letter-carrier. ' I can swear that I heard the bark of Sir Thomas's big dog ; for there is no other dog in or about all Edinburgh that has such a bark.
Page 88 - Revolution, there was a dog in Paris known by the name of Parade, because he always attended regularly the military parades at the Tuileries. A taste for music was probably the cause of this fancy. He always stood by, and marched with the band ; and at night went to the Ope'ra...
Page 114 - ... some were useful only for their vigilance and barking ; and others for their courage in holding ferocious animals at bay. So large a pack was not indeed maintained without adding greatly to our care and trouble, in supplying them with meat and water, for it was sometimes difficult to procure for them enough of the latter ; but their services were invaluable, often contributing to our safety...
Page 145 - Bass followed him, showing strong symptoms that lio was determined to have the postbag. The man did all he could to keep possession of it. But at length Bass, seeing that he had no chance of getting possession of the bag by civil entreaty, raised himself on his hind legs, and putting a great forepaw on each of the man's shoulders, he laid him flat on his back in the road, and quietly picking up the bag, he proceeded peaceably on his wonted way. The man, much dismayed, arose and followed the dog,...
Page 154 - We have often witnessed, when vessels with live stock arrive in our West Indian colonies, and the oxen are hoisted out, by a sling passed round the base of their horns, the great assistance they afford to bring them to land. For when the ox, first suspended by the head, is lowered, and allowed to fall into the water, men generally swim, and guide it by the horns ; but at other times this service is performed by one or two dogs, who, catching the bewildered animal by the ears, one on each side, force...
Page 115 - ... to mankind. When wandering over pathless deserts, oppressed With vexation and distress at the conduct of my own men, I have turned to these as my only friends, and felt how much inferior to them was man when actuated only by selfish views.

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