My A-Z posts this year will be about dogs I have known, dogs I talk to and some I would love to meet
Regular visitors to my blog will recognise some of them I’m sure. Hopefully you will find links to literature – fact and fiction, films, famous dogs and even a dog owner or two. As usual I am expecting to cheat for some letters of the alphabet; I’m sure you will see why.
B – Beagle, Bearded Collie, Bernese Mountain, Bull Terrier
The world’s most famous Beagle is Snoopy of course, although many of us in Britain would rate Gromit highly as well. Neither of them however show you a beagle in its true colours. I meet one occasionally in my North Yorkshire village.
Not that she is very keen on having her photo taken.
The Beagle has been in the UK at least since the reign of Henry VIII (1491-1547) but some sources date them to the time of William the Conqueror. Sometimes known as the “singing Beagle” and quiet indoors, there is no mistaking its ‘song’ when it’s chasing rabbits.
President Lyndon Johnson caused a storm of protest on 4th May 1964 about his Beagle ‘Him’ when he was snapped –
|President Johnson's Beagle|
(By Yoichi R Okamota - LBJ's Library Website)
Lifting the dog by the ears.
If you like a dog that’s full of bounce you need look no further than
|Bearded Collie - Lily|
Lilly, or Elemark Waterlily to give her full name, has featured in my North Yorkshire Dogs series here. She is still full of bounce when you meet her in the street. You need to be careful however as she is often wet and muddy, and always ready to share it with you.
|Another clear round for Lily|
On the other hand Lukka was much more sedate as befitted a ‘Pets As Therapy’ dog.
|Bernese Mountain Dog - Lukka|
Weighing in at 52kg Lukka really was a ‘mountain’ of a dog, and definitely the heaviest I’ve met. You can read more about his ‘Pets As Therapy’ role here.
This is a breed of dog I have not met.
|White English Bull Terrier|
(Edited; original by Canarian, 14.07,12 - CC BY-SA 3.0)
But ‘Bullseye’ I knew about from reading Dickens.
|Bill Sikes & Bullseye|
(From a c1870 photogravure illustration to Dickens's Oliver Twist - by Fred Barnard)