We brought home a new puppy this summer. Pepper is a rambunctious Lab and Border collie mix who enlivens the energy of our house to immeasurable levels. And after a couple of months, I needed a break. With Pepper on my mind, it felt like a good time to revisit the Dog Museum at Antiquibles Antique Mall in Elm Mott, located about five miles north of Waco, just off Interstate 35.
Bully the brindle bulldog stares balefully out from his glass case. He is man’s best friend—or was, back in the 1800s. After Bully died, his owner had him stuffed. That’s what man customarily did with his best friend in Victorian times. Today, Bully stands stiffly alongside a dog-shaped humidor and some glass Chinese Foo dogs in the “World’s Largest Dog Museum,” a conglomeration of nearly 8,000 canine collectibles in Elm Mott, just north of Waco.