Dogs And Looking-glasses

[June 23, 1894.]

You are fond of odd actions of dogs, so perhaps the following may be

acceptable. I have two fox-terriers--young dogs--Grip and Vic. In the

morning, at early tea in our bedroom, Vic gets angry with Grip's

reflection in the long glass of the wardrobe, barks at him furiously as

he moves about, and scratches at the glass, quite regardless of her own

face between her and his reflection. And wh
n he assaults her from

behind, to make her play with his real self, she turns round and snaps

at him viciously, and then returns to her attack on his reflection. He

jumps upon the window-sill, and fancies he sees a squirrel in the

garden, and dashes past her to the door; she follows the motion of the

reflection till she is past the edge of the glass, and loses it, when

she dashes back to the glass again. This has occurred several days in

the last week, and seems to me almost absurd. The dogs are just about a

year old, and so beyond puppy folly, though very lively and playful


A. M. B.