19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, October 23, 1914: << no entry>>
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
What happened today? There MUST have been something worth writing about.
For example, I don’t think you’ve ever mentioned your family’s dog in the diary. Yet you obviously had one—and, based on the picture of your brother Jimmie with a dog, he looks like he was a fine one.
Did he ever get into trouble? Did you ever play with him? Did he herd cows? Was he allowed in the house? What did he eat?
. . . And I guess I have a very basic question: Was the dog a “he” or a “she.”
I’m not sure what type of dog the Muffly’s had, but here’s a short piece about how collies make wonderful farm dogs that appeared in the October, 1914 issue of Farm Journal:
We shall favor no particular breed of dogs, but we present here a portrait of a collie.
Collies are the ideal dogs for the farm. They are gentle and affectionate, make fine pets for the children and are possessed of a rare amount of intelligence.
A collie can be trained so that if he is told to watch something he will do it for hours at a time and if told to “get the cows” will do so. They are better cattle drivers than humans. While a cow may have at times very determined ideas about what she is going to do and what not, a collie can be just as persistently determined that she agree to his way of thinking.
But a badly trained collie, or one not trained at all, may prove to be a great nuisance to have about.