Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
Advertisements for ' performing dog ' acts were fairly common although this is the most delightful ad I've come across ( 1864 ). While circus acts toured the country, best performers around went to war. They performed magic tricks, like surviving a war.
Curly may have made an appearance here before? Cannot find the thread . Much reprinted in 1864, taking a chance because Curly made it through the war. Always wince when the regimental mascot is killed. Company A, 11th Ohio's mascot, a rough coated spaniel named Curley was wounded more times than most men and came home anyway. The young lady may be apocryphal, Curley was extremely real. By 1864, a fuzzy hero.
In the midst of a bloody, dreadful war we must have loved any bright spot. You can see how frequently these stories were picked up, reprinted and discussed. Gosh we needed some good news. What's a brighter story than a good news dog?
Have always been a little baffled about why the dogs always seem to be in a position to be wounded or killed- no shame in being in the rear. You're a dog.
You can't imagine a lost dog in an entire could be found.
" Wears a cheerful look ". Don't they all, unless it's meal time and they're convincing you death is imminent unless fed.