Decatur High School - Decanois Yearbook (Decatur, IL)

 - Class of 1924

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'BN X jr- -l1'9NYP: - - -V., eau !-woes i On Punishing Our Pup The axle of our family is our puppy. The entire family program rotates around the wants and desires of one small egotistical piece of puppy- hood. No, we are not all lunatics as some of our neighbors would designate us-we are simply dog-lovers. The cause of all this daily excitement is a small fox-terrier by the name of Sparkplug. He is about a foot and a half long, black with white stomach and feet and he has a most knowing way of cocking his head on one side, raising one ear and the opposite foot and emitting a staccatto bark of defiance at any stranger. For months, the youngest member of our household had begged her father vainly for a dog, but there seemed to be little chance of her getting her desire. Mother objected because of the extra care and I objected merely on general principles. On Christmas eve, when Daddy came in, we made the usual concentrated rush toward him for the papers. As we reached for them, he parted his coat lapels and a little dog-face peered out. A mad scramble ensued and Sparkplug was duly installed as a member of our house- hold, supposedly the present of the entire family, which point was to be much disputed in the days to come. The favorite occupation of this diminutive piece of humanity is the mastication of the wraps on the hall settee, especially fur. As a result many long agonizing moments are spent in compound punishment which hurts the entire family, I think, worse than the victim. He is claimed vigorously by every member of the family at a time like this, except the one whose fur has receivd the injury. As I sat at the dinner-table a few nights ago, I was surprised to see my grey fur choker vanish around the corner of the davenport in the living- room. Not willing to believe that the miraculous time of Arabian Nights and Sinbad had come back, I felt almost positive that it had been propelled by some lmman force. Knowing that all the members of the family but one were safely seated at the table, it seemed logical that this member was the guilty person. I stole softly in and saw the fur piece and Sparky lying side by side under the davenport. I pounced on him and began to admin- ister a well-deserved beating. At the first well-feigned howl, in rushed my sister and violently took up his side. Father and Mother followed in swift succession and I was rapidly ejected from the fray. To hear the continued howls of Sparky an onlooker would be led to believe that he was standing on the brink of the famous river Styx and was being annihilated by the six heads of the canine guardian there. The rest of the evening I was treated as an outcast. My family had formed a unani- mous society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals against me simply be- cause I had punished the dog. Since "a house divided against itself cannot stand," I fear greatly for the safety of our domicilic edifice after every misdemeanor of the dog. MARTHA HOLT, '24, Page 74

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