Cut 1909 c. by unknown maker, solid wood, non-interlocking, cut extensively along color lines. Hundreds of thousands of copies of the painting by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge were published back to the late 19th. century by Brown & Bigelow for advertising posters and calendars for cigars and other products, many becoming pictures for puzzles. Coolidge had the uncanny ability of painting dogs engaged in very human activities, with facial expressions bearing striking resemblance to human counterparts. See Modern Maturity, Feb-March 1979, p. 60. Chuck Small, noted west coast collector, commissioned several of today’s cutters to make puzzles from this and similar Coolidge prints, which were exhibited at the Fresno, CA Art Museum before it closed. Unfortunately, this puzzle arrived in very poor condition, not only missing multiple pieces but with the artwork despoiled on several others.