io6 DOGS AND ALL ABOUT THEM
quently than five times a day to newly weaned puppies-and may consist of porridge, bread and milk, raw meat minced fine, and any table scraps, with plenty of new milk. Wellboiled paunch is also greatly appreciated, and, being easily digested, may be given freely.
One important part of the puppy's education that must by no means be neglected is to accustom him to go on the collar and lead. Borzoi pups are, as a rule extremely nervous, and it requires great patience in some cases to train them to the lead. Short lessons should be given when about four months old. If you can induce the puppy to think it is a new game, well and good-he will take to it naturally ; but once he looks upon it as something to be dreaded, it means hours of patient work to break him in.
If you decide on commencing with a brood bitch, see that she is dosed for worms before visiting the dog ; that she is in good hard condition-not fat, however ; and, if possible, accompany her yourself and see her mated. For the first week rather less than her usual quantity of food should be given ; afterwards feed as her appetite dictates, but do not let her get too fat, or she may have a bad time when whelping. For two days before the puppies are due give sloppy but nourishing diet, and this should be continued, given slightly warm, for four or five days after the pups are born. Borzois as a rule make excellent mothers, but to rear them well they should not be allowed to suckle more than five-or, if a strong, big bitch, six-pups. If the litter is larger, it is better to destroy the remainder, or use a foster mother.
Whatever they may be in their native land-and the first imported specimens were perhaps rather uncertain in temperthe Borzoi, as we know him in this country, is affectionate, devoted to his owner, friendly with his kennel companions and makes a capital house dog. As a lady's companion he is hard to beat ; indeed, a glance at any show catalogue will prove that the majority of Borzois are owned by the gentle sex. No one need be deterred from keeping a Borzoi by a remark