Intelligent Suspicion In A Dog

[July 7, 1888.]

The following instance of dog instinct (or reasoning?) will, I think,

interest some of your readers. About a fortnight ago, while crossing the

Albula Pass, our driver stopped for a few moments at the little

restaurant on the highest point of it. A rough kind of herdsman's dog,

of no particular breed, I suppose, came out and sat down by the carriage

and looked up at us. We happened to have
few Marie biscuits in the

carriage, so I threw half of one out to him. I suppose he had no

experience in Huntley and Palmer's make, for he looked at and smelled it

carefully, and then declined to eat it, but again looked up at me. I

then took the remaining half, bit off and ate a little bit of it, and

then threw over the rest to him. This time he ate it at once, then

turned and ate the first piece, which he had before refused, and at once

came and asked for more, which I had great pleasure in giving him. I

may add that I have several times tried a similar experiment with more

pampered dogs at home, but have never succeeded with it. Whether this

arises from the latter knowing, in most cases, from experience what they

like and what they do not like, or, as I am rather inclined to think,

from the superior intelligence of this Alpine dog, who really reasoned

that what I could eat he could, I leave your readers to decide for


G. W. C.