Books [Terrapin Dogs]
Lawrence F. Evans,
I once trained a collie dog to hunt rattlesnakes and his nose never fooled him. Later I found that my nose was “as good at finding the reptiles as was Spud's, the Collie. But I have never known of dogs trained to catch terrapin - and hold them with a paw until the master came and picked them up until I visited Plash's Store on [Bon Secour?] River some two years ago. Dealing in Redfish, Shrimp, Oysters and Terrapin, Mr. V. Plash has built up a comfortable business and it was with the greatest delight that I accepted an invitation to go terrapin hunting with one of the hunters who had three well trained terrapin dogs. Just mongrels - they looked like any ordinary cur dog whose ancestors might have been [Fiest?], [Dauchund?], Bull, Collie, Shepherd, Scottie, Police dog or maybe [Presbyterian?]. But they were valuable dogs. You shall see.
In this section dwells two varieties of terrain, famous for their flavor on the tables of America's famous four hundred. The salt-water terrapin ([Malachlayms?] Concentrica) and the chicken terrapin ([??] are both lovers of the marshy waters of Bon Secour and kindred bays and lagoons. They both belong to the family EMYDOE but are fast disappearing. South Carolina and Georgia are also homes for these reptiles. Terrapins are distinguised by their horny back, a shield covered with eperdermic plates and partly webbed feet. Natives of tropical and warmer temperate countries they feed on vegetables, shrimp and crabs. They are found in this section in the tall marsh grass near most any of the salt, marshy or semi-marshy waters.
Ed Callaway, terrapin hunter and successful, led me on one of the