|The biggest danger for anyone posing with a pet for a photograph is that the pet(s) will steal the show. That certainly seems to have been the case when these two Anglo-Boer War ear
soldiers decided to take their pet dogs along with them to the Lund Brothers' studio in Kroonstad. Taken some time after the annexation of the Orange Free State by British forces in
1900. Both men appear to be members of colonial units as opposed to British regulars. The soldier standing at left has a poke a dot pagri on his slouch hat and I seem to recall this being
emblematic to a certain unit but I cannot recall precisely which one. Their uniforms differ enough that they were probably members of separate units. Both men are armed with
Lee-Enfield rifles and carry their ammunition in two markedly different styles of bandoliers. There was a plethora of bandoliers carried by both sides during the war and the standing
man at left appear to have a Mills pattern web belt with double banked cartridge loops similar to those used by American troops during the Spanish-American War.
Back to the real subject of this photograph. The small dog at left seems to have been a bit on the shy side, looking down and away from the camera. This dog appears to have been at
least part Jack Russell Terrier. The second dog looks rather like a monster. It appears much like a Staffordshire Bull Terrier but is much too large to be that breed - at least to my
unexpert eyes. He was a formidable looking beast. Both dogs were identical rectangular tags on their collars. Whether these were simply identity/ownership tags or dog licenses in the
modern sense in unknown.
Lund Brothers - Photographer
Kroonstad, Orange River Colony, South Africa