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The San Franclisco Sunday Call
THE BLUE-BLOODED DOGS OF SAN FRANCISCO SOCIETY WOMEN Arthur Inkersley WSEN the great fondness of CaHfornians, both men and women, for sports Is consid ered. It is not remarkable that many of the best known women In the society of San Francisco and the neighborhood should have acquired considerable reputation as dog fanciers^ owning bulldogs, bull terriers, or rep resentatlves of other species of the ranlne genus. The most notable dog owner In this region Is, of course, the mletreßs of Uplands, Sa.n Mateo county — Ml6s Jennie Crocker, who is a regular exhibitor at the dog shows that take place at San Francisco, Oakland. San Mateo, Del Monte and other places. Mlas Crocker owns the most famous Boston terriers in the United States — Champion Dick Dazzler and Champion Endcllffe Totora, the former being re carded as the finest specimen of his breed In this country. Dick Dazzled wa« bred a.t Danvere. Mass.. by a man who did not at all suspert what a wonderful dog he had the good fortune to possess. When he was about a year old. Dick Daxzler \u25a0was polished up and. *ent to n. dog show nt Boston, where no one noticed him particularly until th« keen eye of George S. Thomas of Hamilton. Mass, (who -wag one of the Judges at the second show of the Del Monte kennel club In August, 1908). happened to light upon him. Thomas quickly observed the broad and flat ekull, the forehead free from wrinkles, the email and thin ears, the short, aquare, wide and deep muzzle, the broad cheet, small feet, and short, fine coat that are the chief distinguishing marks of a Boston terrier of high de gree. Dick Dazzler's «iwner being anx ious to sell. Thomas was lucky enough to pick up the canine wonder for the. small price of f SO. When the Boston terriers came up before the Judges Dick Dazzler proved an easy winner In the cl&ss. capturing the gold cup, the grand challenge cup and $100 in gold coin. Ever since he has been a constant 'winner, capturing championships at the dog chows of New York, Chicago, Phila delphia, fit. Louis, Milwaukee, Buffalo, San Francisco. San Mateo. Del Monte and other places. Miss Crocker is one of the richest young women of California and belongs to- a famllythat is known almost uni versally In the west- She and. her Bos ton terriers, which she bandies herself In the ring, are always the objects of much attention. It Is generally under stood that Miss Crocker paid the tidy sum of f 1,600 \ for- Champion Dick . Dazzler and that Champion Endcllffe Totora cost her $1,000. Now $2,500 for a few pounds of animate dog-flesh seems to most of us a pretty stiff price, but it Is not beyond the bounds of probability that a wealthy heiress should part with that sum for dogs that are the best of their kind. Yet so prone are people! to believe tales of the "wicked extrava gance" of the rich that a feminine spec tator at the August Del Monte .show was heard to remark that Miss Crocker paid $10,000 for Dick Dazzler. Miss Crocker also owns Frisco Cinders, Jlazlewood Statesman and other Boston terriers. Miss Alice Hager is the owner of a brindled Boston terrier, which on a certain memorable occasion worsted a quarrelsome bull terrier owned by an other younsr lady equally well known in the society of San Francisco and Burlincame. Mrs. P. E. Bowles, wife of th" banker, owns a Boston terrier named Kirk, and Mrs. Ella F. Morgan of MUlbrae has one named Mlllbrae Allie, the father of which is Champion Dick Dazzler, the mother being Mrs. v Mor gan's Vixen 111. Mrs. E. F. Morgan also owns an Irish terrier named Bndeliffe Curate. The bull terrier is quite a favorite among the fair dog fanciers. Mrs. Hor ton P. Phipps owns the famous' bull terrier Brooklyn Patsy, and Mrs. George Flexnor is the proprietress , of. Queen Bess and Lady Hazel. At the show held at Del Monte in January, 190S, Police Judge E. 7' P- Shortall's Silkwood Ben All was placed by the judges above Mrs. Phipps': fa vorite. " Mrs. Phipps took the defeat^so much to heart that she withdrew her dog from further competition at/ the show. Mrs. Frank Morris owns a well bred bull terrier named Venoma Belle. Miss Maud Bourn,; daughter of i-W. B.* Bourn of Grass Valley,? and MissiFlor ence Whlttell are often seen accom panied by bull terriers,' who appear greatly attached to their : mistresses' Miss Margaret Shepard of the Presidio has a bull terrier puppy, named Edg». cote Mike,, and Miss Louise Easton of the Presidio possesses a dog of the samt breed, that is' named Wonderland: Jim Woods. Mr*. George H. Stoddard of San Francisco Is the .mistress v of^Toughy, and Mrs. E. George' Jackson'pf Oakland owns Venoma Duchess, which was bred by Mrs. Frank Morris." Mrs. : Albert ,E. Mollls of . San Francisco is also an owner of bull terriers.^ Though the Airedale terrier is a rough and readydog without -any. ap parent-marks of high breeding about* him," yet he has. a . cheery, * way; .-that; makes him. quite "•"•} a /favorite, with women. The best known '-'Aog' of :;'. the' breed .in this c locality/ is i Mrs. Nat V-- T. Messer's . Champion \ Motor Dace, who 1 Is shown -;. in } the £ photograph : .with s Sandy Monk," ano the r Air edal e \u25a0of considerable merit. --. * Sandy, Monk " was *_ the subject of } an ".'i amusing lawsuit,', in '.-X which! Nat T. : Messer " testified that i he ; had him ' from >- a .boy ;,";f or^ a i dollar; f? and. ,when ; the ; dog; fell- Hl, i vsat|up ; at^ night with* him; hired> two* doctors^to ?*pre-^ scribe- for.-, him,;; supplied: him ivwitbf a quart \u25a0 \u25a0 of -> milk £ a"^ day v and' • showered other * attentions 4 upon; him. : .Inl spite of -all; this testimony tending to show the high esteem x in which Nat Mes ; ser ; held the Airedale.' a hard hearted Judge awarded-, the dog to an ex supervisor, who said that be had lost 'hinv about .the time at which Nat Mes- , ser. 'gave; one hundred cents for him. Miss Evelyn Cunningham, daughter of Mrs. J. Athearn Folger of Woodside. San ; Mateo.; county, has exhibited an Aire dale " named Dunvegar Admiral, and Mrs. C. ; R; Armstrong of Oakland has an Airedale puppy named H-lo Coronet. ; Nearly all •; the local owners of -French*: bulldogs are ladies. Halcyon /Alexandre, owned by Miss Jennie Csocker. .was bredby Mrs. C. F. Alli son. /Miss Leola Spofford Stone.' daugh ter of General George Stone, has a ,dog:of , this . breed: named Bizange, ". and A Miss . Lyd la i: Hopkins of Menlo Park*owns ; a puppy that struggles 'along -under . the voluminous name Mimsi de Pantin de la Mare, her father, having; been General de ,1a Mare and 'her: mother. Champion Mar got.de Pantin;. ;•: Handsome •_ animals are I the Russian wolfhound .Tybo, - owned by Miss Alice. Wllkin's of San Francisco, and Prin cess .Telka,' the property of Miss Ethel Dean. iHpMslfS . .Whilel pointers, English and Irish setters,'^Gordon setters,- Irish water spaniels} and-Tother sporting -dogs : are owned j naturally . almost always by £ the sterner.: sex, : cocker- spaniels 'are such alert, ': quick. ; merry animals that , they for^the fair sex'also.' Miss Kempff ., of " Burll n gam e owns , a red cocker^wlth' the 'appropriate" name of Commodore : Carrots. In the parti col ored class Champion Delverton Dolores and Paprika are \u25a0 the property, of Mrs. -W.Ci ßalston; of Oakland.':- Mrs, L. M. '\u25a0 Mack of I San Francisco* has a • black cocker named Lassie Kathleen. ' ,-; A scarce . Aog In 4his state Is the Scottish terrier. Tb» only representa tive of this breed in the Del Monti show held in August. 1903. was Denvet Duncan, then owned by Mrs. Charles E. Maud of Rutherford. Napa< county, and Monterey, but now the property of it Spens Black of Porterville. The won derful vitality of these dogs Is demon* strated by Denver Duncan, who wa» shot about a year ago, the bullet pass- Ing clean through his body. Though he lay bleeding all night before he wat found he recovered and Is now as lively as ever. Mrs. F. A. Woodworth of PactSs Grave owns a Yorkshire terrier named Cahoots, the only one of his kind shown at Del -Monte in January, 190*. Among the owners of those queer, long drawn out. yet well bred looking dogs 'called dachshunds are Mrs. W. W. Burnett. Mrs. Phil M. Wand. wife of the well known judge at dog shows, and Mrs. Cavill. wif© of Sydney Cavin. the swimming Instructor at the Olym pic club. Mrs. Wand owns Champion Dougle E. Small dogs, such as Pomeranians, Blenfcelra, Pekinese. Japanese and Eng lish toy spaniels, the leading charac teristic of which seems, to the mind of mere man, to be their supreme ln 'utility, generally owe allegiance to ladles. One of the prettiest figures in the ring at the August show at Del Monte was Mrs. Leon L. Roos handling her fine Pomeranians. Major Toodla and Sister. Mrs. Norman J. Stewart of Carmel . owns a "Pom" named (appro priately, no doubt) Imp of Achray. and Mrs. Irving C. Ackerman Is the proud possessor of Champion Humberstone Masher. Miss Frances M. Reid of Bel mont has her Pomeranians. Rollo and Baby/ -, Mrs. Charles Patton owns a toy poodle, Jeannette. bred hy Mrs. John Hartnoll. Little Pal Xl and Shi U are Pekinese spaniels and are the propajrv o£Mi3s Margaret Barron. Miss El** Draper, daughter of Major and Mr>. "T. W. M. Draper of San Rafael, has a pet English toy spaniel named Laddie, while Mrs. S. W. Heller's almost con stant companion Is Togo, a Japanese spaniel. Miss Genevleve Harvey is an enthusiastic dog owner and Is attended faithfully by a Boston terrier and Buff, a Blenheim spanleL The terrier, being the stronger, thinks it his duty to look after the spaniel, which, with eyes al most hidden by its long silky hair. -seems 111-fitted to cope .with a rough world. It is highly, amusing to see the terrier grasp In his teeth the leading strap of the spaniel and pull him In the direction in which' (in the terrier's opnion) he should go. Among P ladles who own well bred dogs. -though they do not enter them at exhibitions, may- be named Mrs. McDonald (formerly Mrs. de Reyter) and Mrs. Phebe Hearst., both of whom - ara • Interested In collies. Mrs. Blythe - raises i cocker spaniel j and \u25a0 Mr*. Hum* «kye. terriers.