1 In a moment the dogs came bounding back.
2 Even the horses and the dogs have no better fate.
3 He was running as only a pig can run, but the dogs were close on his heels.
4 Though not yet full-grown, they were huge dogs, and as fierce-looking as wolves.
5 Then he was up again, running faster than ever, then the dogs were gaining on him again.
6 The cows lowed it, the dogs whined it, the sheep bleated it, the horses whinnied it, the ducks quacked it.
7 The dogs learned to read fairly well, but were not interested in reading anything except the Seven Commandments.
8 It was noticed that they wagged their tails to him in the same way as the other dogs had been used to do to Mr. Jones.
9 But suddenly the dogs sitting round Napoleon let out deep, menacing growls, and the pigs fell silent and sat down again.
10 There were only four dissentients, the three dogs and the cat, who was afterwards discovered to have voted on both sides.
11 As for the dogs, when they grow old and toothless, Jones ties a brick round their necks and drowns them in the nearest pond.
12 The dogs had suddenly caught sight of them, and it was only by a swift dash for their holes that the rats saved their lives.
13 At this there was a terrible baying sound outside, and nine enormous dogs wearing brass-studded collars came bounding into the barn.
14 First came the three dogs, Bluebell, Jessie, and Pincher, and then the pigs, who settled down in the straw immediately in front of the platform.
15 Napoleon, with the dogs following him, now mounted on to the raised portion of the floor where Major had previously stood to deliver his speech.
16 The four young pigs who had protested when Napoleon abolished the Meetings raised their voices timidly, but they were promptly silenced by a tremendous growling from the dogs.
17 Muriel, the goat, could read somewhat better than the dogs, and sometimes used to read to the others in the evenings from scraps of newspaper which she found on the rubbish heap.
18 Even the stupidest of them had already picked up the tune and a few of the words, and as for the clever ones, such as the pigs and dogs, they had the entire song by heart within a few minutes.
19 The animals were not certain what the word meant, but Squealer spoke so persuasively, and the three dogs who happened to be with him growled so threateningly, that they accepted his explanation without further questions.
20 Napoleon, with Squealer and another pig named Minimus, who had a remarkable gift for composing songs and poems, sat on the front of the raised platform, with the nine young dogs forming a semicircle round them, and the other pigs sitting behind.