Red, brown, or orange, liver, white or black ; P'raps black or tan. or mottled on the buck ; Little it matters, what his hue, or shade, If Snely east, and well proportioned made. Such strange varieties spring up of late. Perchance t were vain, his salient points to state ;
Ear drooping low, with neatly feathered hair ; Light flowing tail, and legs well fringed with care ;
Bright serious eye, black nose, nor sharp, nor round,
Unlike Italian or King Charley hound ; Something in shape, in pattern and in mould, Like a Newfoundland, about six months old. Tho' none but sportsmen dare his merits scan, 'Tis he, the choicest pastime gives to man ; He finds the Prove. Woodcock. Snipe and Rail ; lie points the Grouse, the Pheasant, Partridge, Quail ;
Like a trained Rifleman, he threads his way, But sudden halts, to mark his desained prey ; With foot, well poised, and every nerve as train, He holds his breath and stills his every vein ; With powerful nerve, his struggling will denies, Firm as a rock th' enchanted victim eves : 'I he fluttering game alone his bonds release, Or echo of the fatal fowling piece.
He must be taught to dive on the same graduated principle. Let the object thrown, be a first barely under water, increasing its depth, according to progress. By way of practice, a tub may be used, and a piece of meat thrown into it, that he may be taught to immerse the whole head. In learning to fetch from the bottom of the water, the same article should be thrown, which he is perfectly willing to fetch on land, that he may be the more eager to take it. In spite of all our endeavors, entreaties, remonstrances and threats, some animals appear to be almost bomb proof, against diving lessons; when such is the case, their talent? should be diverted in another channel. Anything that sinks gradually in the water is the best to teach with, as on seeing it sink, the animal will be the more likely to dip after it. A basket slightly weighted will answer this purpose. A duck will be found occasionally serviceable. One of his wings should be clipped a little, that he may be compelled to dive, in order to escape. But even a duck will not always dive. Whilst a dog is swimming, only one object should be allowed to engage his attention at once, which he should invariably be induced to bring ashore. If he miss it, a stone should be thrown to point out the spot. But to assist in these swimming lessons, there is nothing like a well-trained water-dog ; he will teach your beginner more swimming in ten minutes, than you can urge on him in a week. Dogs who indicate no aqueous desire whatever, will often suddenly change their ideas, when another leads the way, especially if the latter be a companion. "When once thoroughly initiated, he is far better alone, as in fetching together, they are apt to get in each other's way, and are likewise rather subject to quarrel. A live rat to a rat dog or others is a great temptation. Any other animal demonstration may be devised, should the canine prove unwilling from ordinary excitants.