With cars of Hound, and Turnspit limb to boot, The gouty sportsman most inclined to suit; Must some relation to the Turnspit be, Else none with back, so long and low as he ; Black—tan, in color, tho' not ever so, With Connoisseurs, the former all the go. While yet the smallest of the hunting class, But few his slow activity surpass ; His watchword '* Onward," tardy tho' his pace ; His motto : " Slow and steady wins the race." Rabbit or hare, in covert, apt to dodge, From sheltered wall or thicket to dislodge, And luckly after many a sinuous run, Presents the victim to the fatal gun. In slower times, in England widely known ; Of late, in Germany, more often grown. When Hawk and Beagle graced the hunting field.
There yet the sun the pearly dew revealed, In days of Wassail and of good old Sack, Away they sped, the merry tuneful pack. The lusty Baron, and the portly Squire, Th' embroidered Lordling and the bloated Friar, In concert joined, to greet the rising morn, The gladdening echo of the inspiring horn.
May generally be distinguished from an old one by the lack of wear in the small front teeth, and from the clear whiteness of the teeth in general. The small front teeth are the first to give way : indeed some dogs (those of the short-nosed breeds especially) arc apt to lose them at a very early age. If all were fed alike the teeth would more fairly indicate the years, but an animal, who has had to grind bones for a living, will file off more ivory in three days than the ordinary wear and tear of a decently fed animal, in a year. Long-nosed dogs generally have the best, the longest and most durable teeth, whilst the small front teeth of the snub-nosed are set so lightly in their sockets, that they are easily dislodged. This is more peculiar to Bull-dogs, King Charles' Spaniels and Pugs. Those fed on warm food and faring principally on rich meats will show early symptoms of decaying teeth. Close confinement, lack of exercise and a too nutritious diet tend to destroy the healthy tone of the system, consequently must be injurious to the teeth. Fetching stones is the most injurious of all things and should never be permitted, as it not only destroys the teeth, but the animal who is allowed the pastime is generally at the beck and call of every one, makes a perfect fool of himself, and will own any one for a master.