Me and Little Dog

 

Val Erde as a child with a little dog. Restoration and photocolouring by Val Erde.

The pic above, is a photo of me as a child, age about…I dunno… six or seven? It was taken at a stables where my sister used to go to ride horses (what else, dinosaurs?) and it seems I went along one day.  No horses in this pic, but there’s a clapped-out old bus or coach and a metal pail, and me and… a little dog! Click the image a few times to see it larger, it’ll open in a new tab or new window so that you can return to this one more easily.

It’s a rather blurry photo (which leads me to believe that my dad took it as he was very good at focussing on the background, but not on the subject!) and I’ve only done a minimal amount of colouring and restoration.

Does anyone know what the dog is? I think it looks like a Jack Russell Terrier, but equally it might just be a puppy or something else. I love its expression! It seemed happy to see the camera.

Are you a dog or a cat person? Or maybe a something-else-that’s-furry (or feathery) person?

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16 thoughts on “Me and Little Dog

    1. Mmm, there are a few people who’ve domesticated foxes (I hope they’ve been rescues and not ones taken out of the wild for no good reason) and I should imagine that they have their own personalities…

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      1. I think it was, at least originally, an experiment, to estimate how long it took early man to domesticate dogs. (I’m not sure why we need to know that, but it turned out with foxes, just a few generations of selective breeding and they could get along with people)

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  1. The dog looks to be full grown (paw size relative to leg size). It’s ears are too long for a Jack Russell, but it could be a Rat Terrier. I doubt, however, that it is a purebred anything, as it looks like a classic TOUP* such as would be kept in stables and valued for its ratting ability. The little girl looks as though she would enjoy playing with dogs.

    *Terrier of Unknown Parentage

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    1. The thing to know about the photos I post here, WOL, and this one most particularly as it is of me as a child, is that I live in the UK, not America, and a lot of our animals aren’t the same breeds. This was taken in England and there are no Rat Dogs here (it’s an American breed). As for the paw to leg ratio, don’t forget it’s looking down on the animal from above, so there’s a perspective shift. I think the way it’s ears are up is just because the person with the camera (probably my dad) had got its attention and it ‘pricked up its ears’ as we say here. At home, we had a cocker spaniel and you’ll probably know they have long floppy ears that hang down. However, when excited, even that little floppy-eared dog would lift it ears! 🙂 “The little girl looks as though she would enjoy playing with dogs.” She would have, I’m sure, but she was – and still is – allergic to them. We did have pets when I was a child, but by the time I was about eleven, my allergies were discovered and then I grew up without them. It was very sad. Thanks for your comment, WOL.

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne. One of my other commenters said that she thought it was a Rat Dog or mix with one, but we don’t have them here in the UK as they’re an American breed.
      I was very, very shy as a small child. Lost a lot of that later, though! 🙂

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  2. Definitely seeing some terrier in that dog, but he looks as if he’s got a good mix of other things going. Love that he’s got one ear up and one down – that’s how my Angus’s ears have always been. 🙂

    Dog person here, but I have to admit to having had some incredible cats in my lifetime. But mostly because they acted like dogs. 🙂

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