Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. ?t would be tedious to enter further into the details of all that happened to me during the first few weeks which I spent in my new home, and they were the weeks which gave the whole colour to my future life. Ah ! that was wise training that I received at the hand of my dear mistress; and well would it be for parents, and well would it be for the children themselves, if the rules by which my education was conducted could be introduced into the nursery as well as into the kennel. Obedience is not pleasant to children, neither is it pleasant to puppies; but the learning to obey forms the good dog, and I am very much mistaken if the same lesson, well learned, does not tend more than anything else to make the good man and the good woman. I was quick enough to perceive that there was neither harshness nor caprice in the training I was receiving. I soon found that my mistress never gave me an unnecessary order. But then an order once given, it was expected to be strictly obeyed. I knew, therefore, what I had to do; and as my mistress never deceived me, it was not long before I learned to place implicit reliance on her word, and to feel sure that everything she told me to do was in reality for my good, whether or not I could myself see at the time that it would be so. One instance which I well remember will serve to illustrate my training. Some weeks had passed away since my arrival in my new home, and I was now strong enough to take a short walk with my mistress, when one day as we were leaving the house, she said to me? ' Now, Nep, we are going to take a walk to-day to a place where you have never been before, so you must keep quite close to me? quite close?do you hear ?' ' Yes, ' replied I; ' I hear.' ' That is right, ' said my mistress, who by th...
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