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Jim The Wonder Dog
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Birth: Mar. 10, 1925
Death: Mar. 18, 1937

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Jim the Wonder Dog was born in the Taylor Kennels in Louisiana on March 10, 1925. That year, Jim was sent as a gift to Samuel VanArsdale, of Marshall, Missouri, who operated the Ruff Hotel in Marshall. So what makes Jim such a "Wonder Dog"? Jim displayed signs of extremely high intelligence.

* Jim was able to pick out colors a person was wearing, although dogs are apparently color-blind.
* He could pick out a car by its owner, color, make, or license plate number.
* He could pick out a variety of trees or shrubs, name of a business, or the occupation or home of a stranger.
* As Jim could not speak, a variety of answers were written on slips of paper even in different languages and Jim would always pick out the correct one.

Jim became a hunting dog who knew which fields contained birds and which ones didn't. Mr. VanArsdale would let Jim choose the field in which to hunt and he was never disappointed.

Jim was examined at the University of Missouri by a group of veterinarians and scientists. Results of the examination were normal. He responded to their requests given in Italian, French, German and Spanish.

* Jim was taken before a Greek class and given several requests in Greek which he successfully answered.
* Jim picked the winner in the 1936 World Series.
* He correctly predicted that Roosevelt would be re-elected in 1936.
* He also correctly picked the winner in the Kentucky Derby for seven years.
* And most amazingly, he could predict accurately the sex of an unborn infant.

Sadly, Jim died at Sedalia, Missouri on March 18, 1937 and was buried in a specially built casket at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. A small white stone was erected over his grave.
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1925 ~ 1937

MAR. 10, 1925
MAR. 18, 1937
Ridge Park Cemetery
Saline County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Sarah Locklin Taylor
Record added: Jun 03, 2008
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Jim The Wonder Dog
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You,Jim The Wonder Dog will never be forgotten. I, too, have English Setters and yes they are very very smart. You, my friend, were simply amazing! RIP From me, Daisy and Roscoe.
- English Setter Lover
 Added: Mar. 18, 2014
- Undertaker's Gr-Granddaughter
 Added: Apr. 5, 2011

- Sarah Locklin Taylor
 Added: Jun. 3, 2008

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