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Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities

Amazing Dogs A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities Dogs have a cherished role as close companions and their sometimes startling abilities have been a never ending source of fascination for their observers and friends through the ages In Amazing Dogs

  • Title: Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities
  • Author: Jan Bondeson
  • ISBN: 9780801450174
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dogs have a cherished role as close companions, and their sometimes startling abilities have been a never ending source of fascination for their observers and friends through the ages In Amazing Dogs, Jan Bondeson uncovers the stories of some of the most extraordinary dogs in history In the 1750s, the Learned English Dog, a Border collie with the ability to spell and perDogs have a cherished role as close companions, and their sometimes startling abilities have been a never ending source of fascination for their observers and friends through the ages In Amazing Dogs, Jan Bondeson uncovers the stories of some of the most extraordinary dogs in history In the 1750s, the Learned English Dog, a Border collie with the ability to spell and perform mathematical calculations, was a sensation in London and thought by some to be a reincarnation of Pythagoras The acting Newfoundland dog Carlo, who performed in London from 1803 until 1811, had plays specially written for him their plots called on him to tackle villains, liberate prisoners, and dive into artificial lakes onstage to save drowning children Don the Speaking Dog toured the world barking out words like Hungry Give me cakes and had particular success in New York.Some of the amazing dogs whose stories Bondeson chronicles belonged to the canine proletariat turnspit dogs ceaselessly ran inside wheels to turn the roast meat, and terriers showed off their native abilities in rat pits, with bets laid on the number of rats killed The champion terrier Billy killed 100 rats in five and a half minutes in 1823, a record that stood until 1863, when it was broken by Jacko, another champion rat killer Before the days of UNICEF trick or treaters, dogs once collected for charity in London s railway stations, with boxes attached to their backs Lord Byron s rowdy Newfoundland dog Boatswain belonged to the opposite end of the canine social spectrum, as did the superrich dogs that inherited money from their wealthy and eccentric owners.Amazing Dogs, illustrated with than 130 contemporary images, including thirty in color, suitably ends with a chapter on dog cemeteries and canine ghosts A literary and visual treat for both dog lovers and those fascinated by the history of the strange and the uncanny, this book reaffirms the special bond between humans and dogs.

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    About "Jan Bondeson"

    1. Jan Bondeson

      Outside of his career in medicine, he has written several nonfiction books on a variety of topics, such as medical anomalies and unsolved murder mysteries Bondeson is the biographer of a predecessor of Jack the Ripper, the London Monster, who stabbed fifty women in the buttocks, of Edward the Boy Jones, who stalked Queen Victoria and stole her underwear, and Greyfriars Bobby, a Scottish terrier who supposedly spent 14 years guarding his master s grave.He is currently working as a senior lecturer and consultant rheumatologist at the Cardiff University School of Medicine from

    646 Comments

    1. I skipped the less interesting chapters, but most of the chapters are really interesting. Like the whole chapter about Rolf and all the other super smart dogs that were eventually debunked. It's fascinating that the whole "New animal psychology" movement carried on even in Nazi Germany. Also, the collecting dogs in England. I had honestly never heard of those before! And the Turnspit dog breed that went extinct! There used to be Turnspit dogs in England that was forced to walk in a wooden wheel [...]


    2. An amazingly dense book about amazing dogs. A few chapters were a bit intense for dog lovers, but overall it's a very interesting book. I especially enjoyed learning about the charity collection dogs. I wish we still had them today. (They probably were well cared for if they raised their keep!)


    3. Some chapters are more interesting than others but, overall, a great collection of fascinating history and true stories.




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