Posted by P. Bingham on January 20, 1998 at 01:46:41:
In response to The Newfie is why Henry is a superior being....;-), written by Caroline on January 17, 1998 at 01:01:11
Per your mention of poodles, I just saw a radically trimmed poodle dating about 1830. His legs were shaved, making his feet look like huge powder puffs and his body was shaved half way up, that is, from the bottom to just about around the waist. I've not seen a modern one half so odd! It was a large poodle, not a toy one. I'm still looking for toys. I've seen all sorts of dogs, from ones that are so small they look like little rats to those great danes so numerous in Victorian genres...
Also, in most of the paintings of inside the home during the early and mid nineteenth century, there is the dog... and a cat here and there (and usually with children - the cats). "The dog is the nineteenth century mascot of domestic bliss" quotes the interior design book from which I scanned these paintings.
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