His breed, Llewellyn English Setter, was known for being a bird dog. His master Sam Van Arsdale sent him to a kennel for training, but Jim decided that unless there were birds about, he saw no need to alert his trainer. The trainer noted that he was a smart dog of unusual intelligence because in the heat of the day with no birds about, Jim decided to seek shade rather than run about in the fields. This was only the beginning of Jim’s demonstration of his intelligence.
Mr. Van Arsdale tested Jim quite frequently in front of various audiences. He asked Jim to identify people with certain hair color, specific colored clothing, and people who were skeptics in the crowd. Jim never failed a test.
This book details many instances where Jim performed unfailingly throughout his twelve year life.
His life is celebrated in Marshall, Missouri where he lived most of those years. In 1999, the town built and dedicated a park in Jim’s honor.
This book is a nice piece of Missouri animal history.