For those who own purebreds, there is nothing to it, unless, of course, it is a pug, which comes from China, or a Boston terrier, which will, presumably, get you three weeks in bed, or near there. You just write the dog's origin on the coupon. However, for those with pets of uncertain ancestry a little imagination might help. In those cases, as the folks at Red Heart put it, you should "state what you believe to be the dominant strain." Are you ready, P.O. Box 4455, Chicago, Ill. 60677? Would you believe Jamaican deerhound? Tahitian terrier? Bahamian retriever?
ASTROS UP, COHEN DOWN
If you should happen to feel like asking Sammy Cohen, proprietor of Las Vegas' Santa Anita Race and Sports Book, how he's feeling these days—don't ask. At the beginning of the baseball season a sportsman came into the Santa Anita and bet $200 on the entry of Houston and New York to win the National League pennant, and Sammy was giving 100 to 1. If the Astros, who are now only three games out of—if you'll pardon the expression, Sammy—first place, should win it, Sammy's out $20,000.
A SOUND STEP
During the past decade we have published a number of articles by Staff Writer Alice Higgins excoriating the abuses practiced on the Tennessee Walking Horse. As Miss Higgins has written, unscrupulous trainers and owners have learned that if a Walking Horse's front feet are sore, he will lift them abruptly from the ground and shift his weight to his hindquarters, which enhances the breed's desired gait. Soreing is usually done by using chains or tacks inside the quarter boot or by applying a burning agent to the pastern area, such as oxide of mercury salve, known as "creeping cream," or an oil of mustard mixture called "scooting juice," or by driving a nail into the tender part of the hoof.
Although several states prohibit the showing of horses that have been tortured or cruelly treated, these provisions have, regrettably, been unavailing.
Senator Joseph D. Tydings, whose own state, Maryland, has such a statute, has decided it is high time to make a federal case out of it. He has introduced a bill forbidding the interstate shipment of horses that have been abused for the purpose of altering their natural gait. In his remarks to the Senate, Tydings used Miss Higgins' language to describe soreing and had one of her articles read into the Congressional Record.
We congratulate our Miss Higgins, applaud Senator Tydings and respectfully request that the President interest himself in the speedy passage of the bill. After all, his favorite mount when he is down on the LBJ Ranch is a Tennessee Walking Horse.
We bet you've always wanted to know how to catch a porcupine, now haven't you?
Well, the Ontario Lands and Forests Department has some tips for the trepid. We quote from one of their hunting bulletins: "It is best to wait until the porcupine is in the open. Then, watching for his slapping tail, rush in quickly and pop a large washtub over him.