She's My Girl!
Betty Cavanna (as Elizabeth Headley)
1949, Macrae Smith Co.
Jo knelt and took Sherry's muzzle in her hand. His right eye was covered with a milky film, and as she ran her hand along the dog's back to bring him toward her for a closer inspection he suddenly yelped in pain.
17-year-old Josephine 'Jo'
This is one of Cavanna's early books, and it shows. There is some awkwardness in how she manages to provide a picture of her heroine, who looks approvingly at a friend and compares herself:
A much more striking combination than my brown eyes and almost-red hair, Jo thought.
The male disdain for female endeavour and ability is stated much more strongly and unapologetically than in later books, and the heroine is much more forgiving. This could just reflect the facts of the earlier era, but could also reflect a younger version of Cavanna. Jo is irritated by the boyfriend's attitude, but rather readily accepts the idea that men are naturally more able to do manual labor, etc.
Jo's puppy, Inky, died after running into the road. Both Jo and the local vet seem to feel this is just the risk run by young dogs who haven't "developed enough sense not to dash into the road without looking." The dogs eat canned horsemeat. When one dog is injured on loose wire, Jo charges the owner for the vet bills - though the dog's injuries were her own fault.
Other editions (shown above)
re-titled "You Can't Take 20 Dogs On A Date"
Betty Cavanna, il. Alex Stein (cover)
Martin's Dam Club in
Suzy Beagle - female Beagle
Roger - fawn Great Dane puppy
Inky - puppy
Mac - Scottish Terrier
Bitsy - fat Cocker Spaniel
Trinket - poodle
Sherry - red Cocker Spaniel