Saturday, August 2, 2008

Dachshunds in History: Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark!

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While we aren't too thrilled with the abuse we suffered at the hands of a few during the first world war, what a beautiful piece of dachshund history. Thanks to BibliOdyssey for posting and painstakingly transcribing the text of this satirical map, which was published in London in 1914. Here's an excerpt of the text: "The Dogs of War are loose in Europe, and a nice noise they are making! It was started by a Dachshund that is thought to have gone made -- though there was so much method in his madness that this is doubtful. [NOTE FOR THE IGNORANT: The German for Dog is Hund. The English for German is Hun. Dachshund means badger-dog -- and he is sometime more badgered than he likes.] Mated with the Dachshund, for better or for worse, was an Austrian Mongrel. By the fine unwritten law of Dogdom big dogs never attack little dogs. There are, however, scallywags in every community, and, egged on by the Dachshund for private ends, the Mongrel started bullying a little Servian. And the fat was in the fire, for the little Servian had a great big friend in the form of a Russian Bear, and he stood up for his pal. And that was what the Dachshund wanted. He hoped that a big row would ensue, and in the confusion he intended to steal a bone or two that he had his eye on for some time. He got what he wanted -- and a little more. For the Russian Bear had friends too. There was a very game little Belgian Griffon, and there was a great big French Poodle, a smart dandified fellow, and there was a Bulldog.
Read the rest and see more great pieces of history at BibliOdyssey.

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