These hunting dogs are mostly from 20th century magazines and show the vital role dogs have played in tracking and catching game.
Humans have evolved in parallel to dogs and since wolves started to sniff around for tidbits, I recently heard the theory that we have ‘outsourced’ some of our senses to them. Notably, our sense of smell. In short, if dogs didn’t smell so well, we would smell better!
But a large part of a dog’s skull is given over to the sense of smell (including not just the brain but their Jacobson’s organ). Does this mean our association with dogs has literally made us smarter, since our lesser reliance upon smell has allowed human brains to expand in other ways? Fascinating stuff.
We can’t wiggle our nostrils independently. Dogs can.
At first, Travis couldn’t stand the sight of Old Yeller.
The stray dog was ugly, and a thieving rascal, too. But he sure was clever, and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas frontier, especially with Papa away on a long cattle drive up to Abilene.
Strong and courageous, Old Yeller proved that he could protect Travis’s family from any sort of danger. But can Travis do the same for Old Yeller?
A loving threesome, they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan had the brawn. Little Ann had the brains, and Billy had the will to make them into the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. Where the Red Fern Grows is an exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget.
Header image: JAN 1938 SUCCESSFUL FARMING magazine cover art by Arthur Carl Bade (1899-1955)