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ownedbycats June 10th, 2014 12:53 PM

Lots of dog stories
 
Just found a (free!) ebook on Project Gutenberg from around 1880. It's full of really short (like single paragraph short) stories about dogs. It's kind of fun to see people from over a hundred years ago telling the same kind of stories about their dogs (how smart they are, how much they understand, etc.) The author collected stories from many different sources, along with various beliefs bout dog heredity and then current scientific beliefs about dogs. Many of these are now extremely outdated, but seeing just how far science has advanced is fascinating and makes some of these old beliefs funny. (Such as teaching a dog something ensures it's puppies will inherit that teaching) If you download the larger file version there are black and white illustrations of different breeds and it is interesting to see how much some breeds have changed/not changed/don't exist anymore.

Since it's free, here's the link to the book:
[url]http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/26500[/url]

I should note that while there are many entertaining stories, there are some stories that may be disturbing to modern readers, particularly some of the hunting stories, or descriptions of training methods.

pbpatti June 10th, 2014 08:09 PM

I am going to check this book out. I enjoy seeing/reading about this subject. I just took a quick look at it and found it amusing and had some interesting anecdotes. Thanks for sharing this.

Barkingdog June 10th, 2014 10:40 PM

[QUOTE=pbpatti;1066589]I am going to check this book out. I enjoy seeing/reading about this subject. I just took a quick look at it and found it amusing and had some interesting anecdotes. Thanks for sharing this.[/QUOTE]

I wonder if this in a hard copy book too, I do not have an ebook

hazelrunpack June 11th, 2014 10:05 AM

There is an http: link, Barkingdog, so you can read it from your PC. I don't have a reader, either, but I can access it :thumbs up I was looking at the section about setters! :D Some pretty 'out there' stuff!

ownedbycats June 11th, 2014 12:08 PM

The only difference between reading the HTML and the epub is that you miss the illustrations.
If you have a computer, you can download Adobe digital editions (free) and use it to read epubs.

ownedbycats June 11th, 2014 12:10 PM

Gutenberg is great, they are getting more and more books on there.
Jim Kjelgaard (I hope I spelled that right), Alfred Payson Terhune, etc. Lots of good stuff as long as it is old enough to be out of copyright.

hazelrunpack June 11th, 2014 06:44 PM

I used an html link and could see at least [I]some[/I] illustrations, obc. 'Course, there's no way to tell if I got them all or just a select few...

It was nicely indexed, too, so I could click on a link and get to a particular spot in the text! :thumbs up

ownedbycats June 12th, 2014 01:14 PM

Maybe it's just my computer then. Glad you got the illustrations, they are half the fun


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