A Lesson

[Feb. 23, 1889.]

Your correspondent "Roy's" very interesting account of "A Canine

Friendship" tempts me to send you the following about two Dandy Dinmonts

in this neighbourhood.

Friends of mine in Dumfriesshire had in their house two Dandie Dinmont

dogs who were inseparable friends and constant companions in all that

was going on. One day one of these dogs disappeared unaccountably, and

nothing was seen of it for a week. His owners were very vexed, thinking

he must have got within the range of some keeper's gun or met with some

other accident.

But the absentee's home-keeping companion was greatly distressed; he

moped about, and would not touch any food for several days; till,

unexpectedly on my friend's part, the truant suddenly reappeared and

showed himself in the house. The dog who had remained at home, when he

saw the arrival of his former friend, looked steadily at him for a few

seconds, and then, without further parley, went at him and gave the

truant a thoroughly sound thrashing. I always explain this to myself by

supposing that the home-keeping dog decided that the truant had caused

him for several days needless anxiety and abstinence from food, and that

the truant must learn by painful experience that such behaviour could

not be lightly condoned by his inseparable companion.

J. G.