Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919). Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to His Children. 1919.

Temporary Absence of Skip

The other day Pete got into a most fearful fight and was dreadfully bitten. He was a very forlorn dog indeed when he came home. And on that particular day Skip disappeared and had not turned up when we went to bed. Poor Archie was very uneasy lest Skip should have gone the way of Jack; and Mother and I shared his uneasiness. But about two in the morning we both of us heard a sharp little bark down-stairs and knew it was Skip, anxious to be let in. So down I went and opened the door on the portico, and Skip simply scuttled in and up to Archie’s room, where Archie waked up enough to receive him literally with open arms and then went to sleep cuddled up to him.