They Turn Collars Into Dollars
Catering to filthy rich Fidos is making Bill and Ken Osborne the veritable Tiffany of Towserland.
By Jack E. Kemmerer
A DREAM in which he saw a pet poodle wearing a magnificent, diamond-studded dog collar launched 38-year-old breeder of pedigreed show dogs Bill Osborne and his brother Ken, 25, on a unique money-making venture which has them catering to the upper crust of dogdom.
“Here Y’Are, Boys! Get Ya Ringtailed Motmots Here!”
by Ronald Banks
LET’S suppose that when you awoke this morning, you had a burning desire to own a reticulated giraffe. Or a greater or lesser hill mynah. Or maybe a black-headed sibia.
How would you go about acquiring one of these items?
Would you organize an expedition, and, with gun and camera, go trailing off into the jungles somewhere in search of your prize? Would you look up one of the Ringling boys, to see if he had any left-over spare parts? Or would you write to your congressman?
Spiders Spun Her Career
By Luis Hochman
Meet a housewife who lives on the cobwebs in her home—and just loves Black Widows.
“COME into my parlor,” said Mrs. Nan Songer to the big spider who sidled up beside her at her home in Yucaipa, Calif.
Because she not only refused to follow in Little Miss Muffet’s hasty footsteps but invited the spider into her home, the insects now are busy repaying Mrs. Songer for her kindness by spinning her the oddest career in the country—cultivating cobwebs, right in her own home. Every day her brood of more than 50 spiders turn out hundreds of feet of fine silken strands that she sells to manufacturers of precision optical instruments.
our business is GOING TO THE DOGS
By Bob Swaner
I never realized until I joined the Navy what a problem it could be to keep a big dog supplied with good, nourishing food.
What has the Navy got to do with it? Well, I was an officer in the Shipbuilding Division of the Bureau of Ships, and my job kept me traveling a great deal. Of course I brought my family with me, including Tigue, our German Shepherd. He’s a real dog, tough and with the appetite of a lion. And there was my problem… feeding the critter.
New Mexico’s Reptile Wrangler
Launching a curio shop with two baby boas as a come-on, an ex-GI and his wife found snakes a profitable business.
By Weldon D. Woodson
ON May 1, 1946, 26-year-old Texas-born ex-GI Herman Atkinson and his 24-year-old wife Phyllis opened a small curio shop on tourist-packed U. S. Highway 66, a mile and a half west of the pint-size village of Grants, New Mexico.
For bait to lure motorists, they had caged two baby boa constrictors. A gargantuan sign blazened to the world their Lilliputian “den of death.” Despite the limitations of their improvised menagerie, they observed that visitors showed more wide-eyed interest in the duet of boas than the curios.
The Mechanics of Lion Taming
by CLYDE R. BEATTY
Famous Animal Trainer
Why is the gun used by lion tamers loaded with blank cartridges — and why are trainers careful never to strike their charges with their whips? A famous animal trainer tells you all about it in this stirring article.
ACCREDITED as the originator of exhibiting mixed groups of wild animals before the public, Clyde R. Beatty, shown in the photo at the right, has the honor of being the youngest lion and tiger trainer in the profession. Running away from home in 1921 to become an animal attendant, his big chance came when an accident took the regular trainer away. He took over the job, and today is one of the most popular men in the profession.
Mechanical Tricks make Fowl Actors Perform
TWELVE chickens, sitting austerely in a miniature jury box, nodded silently in agreement when asked whether the accused rooster was guilty.
An ostrich opened its mouth as though carrying on a conversation with a white trader.
A myna bird shouted, “Hello, how are you?” to a fisherman.
A rooster dashed into a scene, stopped and crowed. A crow with split tongue talked with apparent intelligence for the sound camera.
Simple Small TRAPS will Catch Winter Game
By HI SIBLEY
These old time favorites among trappers are simple and humane. They will trap pets for your menagerie.
Simple materials, a little time, a little patience, and you can have a good string of traps of your own!
There is a lot of good sport in trapping small animals, especially when you make your own traps. Besides, one never knows just what sort of varmint he’s going to catch and that adds a thrill or two.
“But Elmer, I didn’t say it would make you live to 90!” said Elsie, the Borden Cow.
“I don’t need anything to help ME live to 90,” bellowed Elmer the bull. “I HAVE DECIDED THAT I’M GOING TO LIVE TO 105 WITHOUT ANY HELP!”
“Well, if you’re planning to live that long,” laughed Elsie, “there’s more reason than ever for you to drink Borden’s Buttermilk every day.”
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