helen keller with sir thomas
HELEN KELLER'S TALK
BOSTON, Feb 8 – Miss Helen Keller has had a pleasant surprise, which came to-day in the nature of a reward after the long midyear examinations. In the office of Dr. J. Varnum Mott, at the Hotel Pelham, some of her friends in her class at Radcliff presented to her a valuable Boston terrier, Sir Thomas. The leaders in the movement were Miss Edith Sherman of 463 Commonwealth Avenue and Miss Lillian Cutten of Roxbury, both of the sophomore class.
Miss Keller was once both deaf, dumb and blind, but she can talk now. She knelt beside the dog, fondling and petting him.
"Is it really mine," she said in a tremulous voice.
Then she rose and holding Miss Sherman's hand, cried with the pleasure of a child: "Oh, I am so happy!" The next moment she was on her knees again, stroking her pet. She asked Miss Cutten to come to her, and told her friends how much she appreciated the gift. She spoke rapidly, as is her custom – unintelligently to those unused to her – but Miss Sullivan repeated her words phrase by phrase.
"I thank you very much dear friends," she said, "for the happiness you have given me. It is as great as it is unexpected. I shall love the dog, but even more, your kindness. I thank you all so much, and I thank you, too, Dr. Mott."
in Helen Keller's own words
Whenever it is possible, my dog accompanies me on a walk or ride or sail. I have had many dog friends–huge mastiffs, soft-eyed spaniels, wood-wise setters and honest, homely bull terriers. At present the lord of my affections is one of these bull terriers. He has a long pedigree, a crooked tail and the drollest "phiz" in dogdom. My dog friends seem to understand my limitations, and always keep close beside me when I am alone. I love their affectionate ways and the eloquent wag of their tails.
here is saveapitbull's version of history to suit their agenda.
i don't know what kind of dog that is but that is NOT Sir Thomas.
they should have called their website saveapitbullevenifyouhavetoliethroughyourteeth.com
helen keller's dog is another outstanding example of how the pit nutters manipulate breed identification to their advantage. when animal control or the insurance company comes-a-knockin, their dogs are boxer mixes and when a pit bull attacks, they are ambullies. but when free "pit bull" spay/neuter services are available, free "pit bull" ATTS or CGC tests or free classes are being handed out to "pit bulls", or someone famous owns a pit dog, they have no problem calling them APBT, even when they are not.
a little more background on Sir Thomas can be found here.