I am not a big dog and I don't know
very much, but I know more than I used to. The reason why I know more than
I used to is because I asked Carlo some questions once. I asked him what
made him so gaunt and thin and why he had such an enquiring expression
on his face and such a hump on the top of his head. He didn't answer right
away, and--I noticed the enquiring expression vanished. He looked quite
decided. Then something happened,--I don't know exactly what, but Mary,
the cook, told the butler that it made her dizzy just to look on. And then
"One reason why I am gaunt and thin
is because I am not a little up-start of a pug,--of no earthly use under
Heaven, and nothing to do but waddle around and accumulate fat.
"The reason I have an enquiring expression
on my face is because I am ever on the outlook to anticipate my master's
will and do his slightest bidding.
"As for the hump on the top of my
head, that is a mark given by the Creator only to dogs that have intellect.
Pray that yours may grow!"
That is all he said, but it was enough for one day and has furnished me food for thought ever since.