Once upon a time, the ultimate luxury in childhood play was having a small cart or wagon that could be pulled by a trained goat or the family dog. Shetland ponies were rare and rather expensive until the early 20th century. This funny postcard, which may be Canadian, shows a boy with a very nice small carriage that was, in fact, probably intended for use with said ponies — but he is “driving” a pair of very funny dogs. The little girl, who looks to be his sister, is pretending to use an old-fashioned spinning wheel. Take a look at the detail below!
I think that these two long-legged dogs are siblings. And not only are they wearing top hats and eyeglasses, but they are holding clay pipes in their jaws!
I have no idea of the circumstances. I certainly wish that I had identities for these children and dogs! In any case, this is just one more example of the humor and play that was, and is, often associated with pet keeping.