The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 3, 1967 · Page 25
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 25

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, October 3, 1967
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D J ake is a great big Boxer dog, weighing over seventy pounds — all of which he uses to guard the household against intruders. Between times he acts as an unprotesting pet for the neighborhood children. Jake's Boxer ancestry is akin to all bull-dog types. He is full of courage and stamina and very few fleas. Though only two years old, Jake springs from a line of dogs known throughout Europe since the 16th century. In spite of Jake's outstanding characteristics which put him in a class all by himself, he shares a common phobia with every other hound in the neighborhood. Jake hates to take a bath. There is no simple way to overcome this problem, except to give Jake a bath whether he likes it or not. Jake doesn't appreciate the gift. If Jake would just stand still in one spot he could be washed and simonized right along with the family automobile. But he won't cooperate. All the admirable qualities which are so outstanding in Jake: courage, aggressiveness, agility, intelligence, fearlessness—Jake uses in his defense against a splatter of water on -his hide. It's a Boxer Rebellion .... 1. "Whooie! — whose garbage can have you been in, Jake!" (Boxers are clean-limbed animals with very litle hide odor—except when they've been exploring the city dump.) 2. "It's the bathtub for you, big boy!" (Boxers are classed as "working dogs" along with the Great Danes, Shepherd dogs, etc. Carrying Jake's 70 pounds within reach of a bath can be classed as "work"— but not by Jake.) 3. "Quit cringing — a little water won't hurt you." (Boxers have a short, square figure and strong limbs. Their movements are alive with energy.) 5. "Aw, c'mon, honey. A HI' oP teensie bath won't hurt mama's baby!" (The Boxer is an accredited member of society, but he still carries his old qualities of courage, intelligence and aggresiveness when needed. For two cents he'd take off for Tibet right now.) 6. "Don't whine, Jake, be a brave boy now." (Boxers get their name from their stance when starting a fight. If Jake could paw anything but thin air he'd like to slug somebody — anybody — right now.) 7. "WILL you behave, or do I lose my temper!" (A Boxer's gait, although firm, is elastic. The stride is free and roomy. A splendid jumper, he is equipped for great speed—which Jake will exhibit any minute now.) 8. "Oops!"—(Jake's carriage is generally proud and noble, which is more than can be said for his mistress at the moment.) 4, "JAKE — behave yourself!" (Jake is a descendant of the old fighting dogs of the high valleys in Tibet—where nobody ever took a bath.) 9. "Something wrong, sis?" (Withal, Jake is de voted to his mistress.)

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