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McClelland Barclay

Circa 1929

“Buddy” The Original Seeing Eye Dog

Price: $550 / pair

“Buddy” – The Original Seeing Eye Dog for the Blind” designed, sculpted and cast by McClelland Barclay     – Circa 1929.  Gray metal with bronze finish. Beautiful verdigris patina.  Measures 7” high x 5-1/2” wide x 6” deep. Weighs 6-1/2 lbs.  Inscription reads: “Buddy, the original seeing eye dog for the blind,  McClelland Barclay.”   This German Shepherd was the first dog trained by The Seeing Eye, Inc. of Morristown, NJ in 1929.  (As the story goes, Buddy was actually a female dog whose real name was Kiss. But the blind gentlemen who trained with her had issues with a dog he had to call Kiss.  So he renamed her Buddy.)  Barclay’s sculpture has elegantly captured the noble qualities of this faithful servant.    

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