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Thurber’s Airedale   Leave a comment


The photograph shows Muggs, the Thurber family Airedale dog made famous in James Thurber’s story “The Dog who Bit People.” The story appeared in Thurber’s My Life and Hard Times, a collection of short stories, in 1933.

“The Dog That Bit People” is the story of Columbus native James Thurber’s Airedale Terrier Muggs, the worst of the many pet dogs he had during his lifetime. Not only did Muggs bite family members, neighbors, and salesmen, he also bit a congressman and Lieutenant-Governor Malloy while they were visiting Thurber’s father. The family gave boxes of candy at Christmas to all those the dog had bitten during the previous year. The story was published on pages 92 to 109 of My Life and Hard Times, published in 1933, which is 153 pages in length and measures 5.5″ x 8″ (13.97 x 21.32 cm). It includes three humorous drawings.
From Ohio Historical Society

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Posted April 24, 2014 by violafury in Uncategorized