In about 1947, Lyle got a springer spaniel dog which they named “Boots.” Unbeknownst to them at the time, Boots would mature into one of their all-time favorite dogs and a tremendous bird-hunting dog. According to Joyce, they purchased these springer spaniel bookends within a week after getting Boots.
When Boots died after being hit by a school bus in the late 1950’s, the bookends were a pleasant reminder of a faithful family dog and hunting companion. Lyle and Joyce’s son, Dana, remembers a few details about Boots’ death. The dog was struck by a school bus on Hyrum’s Main Street near the famous “House That Eggs Built” at approximately 150 West Main. Joyce brought the deceased dog home in the trunk of the 1952 Mercury car.
Here’s the only picture of Boots Dana could find (notice his head at the left side of the picture). If one of the viewers has a better picture of the dog, please send Dana a scanned copy.