Whiskers, the college dog

09 Jun

In the March 1924 Stylus there is the following entry about a dog who was part of campus life then. Unfortunately there is no accompanying photo of Whiskers, but included here is a photo of another “English Sheep Hound…”

   “Who is ‘Whiskers?’ That question may be answered by almost any student in B.N.S.  For this English Sheep-hound is perhaps one of the most popular dogs in town. With his long, gray and white hair (usually a little soiled) he makes a very striking picture… To see this dog with his intelligent nods and gestures when one comes into the Normal cloak room after a weary and monotonous class, relieves the strain and tension of the nerves. He is always willing to shake hands although once in awhile they are not manicured.  But he doesn’t mind such trifles.

His parking place is generally in the Normal cloakracks, but occasionally he strolls about the classrooms and corridors to look things over and see that everything is in order.

Some members of the faculty have had the hardness of heart (and I might say possibly the nerve) to put this innocent little canine out of our school life, but up to this time they have not succeeded.

“Whiskers” shall wear no man’s collar. He has a perfectly good one of his own. He is 100% for the students. Long live the king of dogs!”

Jessica Michaels


Posted by on June 9, 2011 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Whiskers, the college dog

  1. Linda Hacker

    June 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Love this story!

  2. Mary Jo Gigliotti

    June 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Wonder if Whiskers was a “therapy dog”?


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