Monday, October 17, 2016
The Dog's Place in Early American History by John T. Dale 1908
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About one hundred years ago a large part of our country was an unbroken wilderness, full of wild beasts and savage Indians. You can imagine how difficult and dangerous it was for men to go into such a country and try to make homes. And yet there were bold hunters who were willing to risk their lives and endure terrible hardships in order to make the country safe for settlers who should come after them with their families.
Daniel Boone, of Kentucky, was one of the most famous of these, and it would fill many books if all his adventures were written out. He went into the wilderness alone with his dogs, for even there, men must have some company, and the only companions they could take were their dogs. These dogs would help them hunt for food, and they seemed to know where the Indians were a great deal better than their masters.
A writer has said: "We little think how much we owe to dogs in the settlement of our country. From the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, the dog has driven back the wolf, the bear, the fox and the panther, to make way for the sheep, the cow and the horse. The dog will go everywhere where man goes, to hunt for him, fight for him and cheer him in his hours of discouragement. Many animals show a certain degree of affection for men, but the dogs more than all, for they will often give their lives to save the lives of their masters."
Let us show kindness and affection to these faithful animals,