Meet Sport, whose cross-eyed portrait graced the Indianapolis News On June 11, 1904.
I was doing research on something else entirely (a future post) when my combination of keywords led me to this treasure. I had to share it! The tongue-in-cheek article reported that Sport, a Scotch terrier owned by an Indianapolis grocer, had suffered a youthful encounter with a cat: “Long did the cat hold his frightened gaze, the pup powerless to break the spell. Since then, people who know Sport say, he has been cross-eyed.”
All cat owners have experienced the efforts that our household adversaries and master manipulators make to hypnotize us. It’s a well-known hazard of cat ownership. Poor Sport never had a chance….