E B White’s dog didn’t answer the telephone

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Like Rosemary Sutcliff, E B White loved his dogs! At the intriguing Letters of Note website, is a wonderful letter of his, in response to their complaint that he was harbouring an unlicensed dog. It starts:

I have your letter, undated, saying that I am harboring an unlicensed dog in violation of the law. If by “harboring” you mean getting up two or three times every night to pull Minnie’s blanket up over her, I am harboring a dog all right. The blanket keeps slipping off. I suppose you are wondering by now why I don’t get her a sweater instead.

It continues at: Letters of Note: She doesn’t answer the phone.

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