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reduced him that he will probably be unable, if set free, to win (as we say in Scotland) his way back to the open.
" I remember a tale of one of my father's terriers who got so lost. The keepers went daily to the cairn hoping against hope. At last one day a pair of bright eyes were seen at the bottom of a hole. They did not disappear when the dog's name was called. A brilliant idea seized one of the keepers. The dog evidently could not get up, so a rabbit skin was folded into a small parcel round a stone and let down by a string. The dog at once seized the situation-and the skin-held on, was drawn up, and fainted on reaching the mouth of the hole. He was carried home tenderly and nursed ; he recovered."
Referring to the characteristics of this terrier, Colonel Malcolm continues:-" Attention to breeding as to colour has undoubtedly increased the whiteness, but, other points being good, a dog of the West Highland White Terrier breed is not to be rejected if he shows his descent by a slight degree of pale red or yellow on his back or his ears. I know an old Argyllshire family who consider that to improve their terriers they ought all to have browny yellow ears. Neither again, except for the show bench, is there the slightest objection to half drop ears-i.e., the points of one or both ears just falling over.
" Unfortunately, the show bench has a great tendency to spoil all breeds from too much attention being given to what is evident-and ears are grand things for judges to pin their faith to ; also, they greatly admire a fine long face and what is called-but wrongly called-a strong jaw, meaning by that an ugly, heavy face. I have often pointed out that the tiger, the cat, the otter, all animals remarkable for their strength of jaw, have exceedingly short faces, but their bite is cruelly hard. And what, again, could be daintier than the face of a fox ?
" The terrier of the West Highlands of Scotland has come down to the present day, built on what I may perhaps call the fox lines, and it is a type evolved by work-hard and deadly