The Dog Days of Summer - Part 3


Cast Iron Russian Wolfhound Bookends with Bronze Patina by Connecticut Foundry (LEO Design)


We are spending the last few days of August celebrating the "Dog Days of Summer."  Enjoy our "Parade of Dogs" as we trot towards the cooler days of September. 

The Russian Wolfhound—more commonly called the "Borzoi" since 1936—was brought from Mongolia to Russia in the second half of the 13th Century.  It is a variety of "sighthound" which means it was bred to hunt by sight (rather than smell) and it was developed for periodic bouts of speed (rather than endurance).  The name "Borzoi" is derived from the archaic Russian word for "speed" as the dogs can sprint up to 40 miles per hour.  Russian aristocracy used Borzois to hunt prey, including wolves.  They were so beloved of the Tsars, that it was not permitted to buy one—they could only be received as gifts.  Properly socialized, Borzois can make suitable family pets.  Some people consider them "cat like" for they are aristocratic, contemplative and quiet, barking rarely.  But beware: they were born to hunt—to attack quickly and efficiently—therefore one must expect them to chase after any perceived prey which darts within their sight.

This elegant and handsome pair of bookends, dated 1929, displays the sleek silhouette of a Russian Wolfhound.  They were made by Connecticut Foundry in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about them.

More handsome "Dog Days" ideas tomorrow.


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