Harry B. Hawes proposes, very sensibly, we think, that the Board of Agriculture establish state kennels to breed Scotch collies for free distribution, just as the state distributes game fish, pheasants and Hungarian partridges.
Blooded dogs would lend distinction to Missouri, just as the blooded mule does. Mr. Hawes believes the collie would generally improve the canine strain, gradually displacing the mongrel everywhere. To use Mr. Hawes’s description: ” On the farm the collie almost takes the place of a man. He is the night watchman, the playfellow for the children, the companion of the fanner, and on stock farms can take the place of a boy in handling cattle, sheep and hogs.” To this recommendation General Lee of Boone county has added that no other dog possesses the strategy of the collie in driving an obstreperous old cow counter to her preconceived ideas. —St. Louts Post Dispatch.
excerpted from: The Cornell veterinarian
by New York State Veterinary College