This morning, I ran across this fascinating online edition of a 1902 book, Dog Shows and Doggy People, by C.H. Lane, F.Z.S. (The letters mark his as a Fellow of the Zoological Society, London.) The book offers a wonderful window into how dogs were treated by the aristocracy in turn-of-the-century Britain. You might be surprised to discover that their affection for their animals rivals our own, as evidenced by this quotation from Mrs Claude Hay:
“Words can never express what our doggies are to myself and my husband—I think were it a case of only one meal to be got, the doggies would have it. They are consulted in everything, and always give an answer, sometimes the wag of a tail or a forlorn look, . . .”
Although I doubt anyone will take the time to actually read the whole book—if you do, please report back!—take a few minutes to flip through the pages and look at the wonderful photos of dogs and people in period dress.