It’s not surprising that, since they’re such integral parts of our lives, dogs are also part of our individual family histories, and the stories that come from them. When families get together for birthdays, holidays or just for fun, these stories tend to be trotted out and enjoyed once again by everyone. Here’s one we found enchanting, and we’re pleased to share it. Send us your vintage (1950s or earlier) family-dog photos and stories: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Tate Boys & Judge
Judge’s story: Lakin was a rural community, and even dogs living on Main Street ran free. One day, Judge disappeared, and the children were heartbroken. Then, about a year later, James and his father, George, made a trip to Ulysses, a town about 30 miles south of Lakin. And there on the street, sitting outside a café, was a dog who looked a lot like Judge! On closer inspection, the dog turned out to be their lost pooch, who had apparently been dognapped and used to help herd cattle in Ulysses. Happily, Judge was returned to the family, and lived out the rest of his considerable life as the Tate’s family dog.
Photo courtesy of Kristen Adame