A Dog's Courtesy

[Nov. 29, 1890.]

In your article on Mr. Nettleship's pictures of animals, you note the

delicacy of a dog that has been properly trained in the matter of taking

its food. My little dog is not only most dainty in that particular, but

strictly observes the courtesy, which is natural, not taught, of not

beginning his dinner (served on white napery that is never soiled) until

his master begins his own. No amount of coaxing on the part of the

ladies (they do not wait) will induce him to eat if I am late: he merely

consents to have his muzzle taken off, inspects his dinner, and then

seeks his master's room, where he waits to accompany him in orderly

fashion downstairs.