Jefferson on Dogs

Found an interesting article on Jefferson’s thoughts on dogs. In a letter to fellow land owner Peter Minor, Jefferson writes,

 “I participate in all your hostility to dogs, and would readily join in any plan for exterminating the whole race. I consider them as the most afflicting of all the follies for which men tax themselves. but as total extirpation cannot be hoped for, let it be partial.”
 
The article does go to state that despite his strong words, Jefferson kept working sheep dogs (presumably at Monticello) and wasn’t averse to giving away their puppies either.
 
Go here for the source http://www.monticello.org/papers/featured.html

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: