Astringencies

Putting on the Dog

The fashion for ugly, squarish dogs that look menacing and unappealing have joined the tattoos sported in certain areas of our towns and cities as symbols of ugliness and menace. They are to most dogs what cudgels are to walking sticks

The Crown Prince of Thailand reportedly made his poodle, Foo-Foo, Air Chief Marshal of the Thai Air Force. He thus outdid Caligula, who was assassinated before he could make Incitatus, his favourite horse, consul. Much as I love dogs, I cannot but admit that the Prince’s appointment of Foo-Foo to high military honours bespeaks a certain levity that bodes the crown ill. Only my own late dog, Ramses, was truly worthy of such an elevation. I know, and like very much, all the local dogs: Oscar, Midge, Alfie. No really bad person could be the master of any of them.…

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