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The Twa Mongrels
A Modern Eclogue by Tummus Teeddles (1876)


The Argument

Two Dogs, who, with a number of other faithless curs, have fled from their kind and liberal master's service, taking with them as many of his sheep as they could catch have met to consult together. Each praises himself for his great abilities; but both complain that their labours have not been appreciated by their new masters, although they have demeaned themselves in every way. They lay a plan to drive off a small outlying flock under the immediate care of a young dog, but belonging to the herd in charge of a powerful mastiff, who has been faithful to his engagements. They are maturing their scheme, by which they hope to please their new owners—spite the mastiff, and secure the field for the exclusive guardianship of Rab, the half-bred terrier when they are disconcerted by the appearance of the mastiff, and, yelping, fly for the nearest shelter. The scene is close to the mountain in the neighbourhood of the commercial metropolis of the Dominion.

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