I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ~Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens’ Dog’s collar sells for $11,500!
A dog collar that once belonged to Charles Dickens was sold at Bonhams New York’s 28th dog art sale last month and went for well above its pre-auction estimates of $4,000-$6,000. The collar, made of leather and brass and inscribed with Dickens’ name (and address?), sold for $11,590. Although the final price was more than twice what was expected it’s not completely without precedent: last year an ivory and gold toothpick that once belonged to Dickens went for $9,150. Dickens was known for being fond of dogs and this collar certainly looks well-worn.
excerpt taken from…. http://www.luxist.com/tag/pets/