Sympathy In A Dog

[July 30, 1892.]

The article, "Animals in Sickness," in the Spectator of July 23rd, has

reminded me of the following anecdote, which was told to me some years

ago by a butcher residing at Brodick, in the Isle of Arran. He told me

that he had had two collie dogs at the same time, one old and the other

young. The old dog became useless through age, and was drowned in the

sea at Brodick. A few days afterwards, its body was washed ashore, and

it was discovered by the young dog, who was seen immediately to go to

the butcher's shop and take away a piece of meat and lay it at the dead

dog's mouth. The young dog evidently thought that the meat would revive

his old comrade, and thereby showed remarkable sympathy in aid of, to

him, the apparent "weak."