And on the way back the dog would stop at the same inns each night, and be given a meal which the drover had paid for in advance on the outward journey.
The idea that these dogs (which are exactly the same breed as we have today) could be trained (and trusted) to undertake these journeys really blew my mind, and really goes to prove that they are capable of being much more than just being the 'pets' we think them to be
Jeremy, I think you might have just made me realize why Applebee's had such a problem with "BO" (my ex-New Foundland Lab), coming over and beggin for "doggie bags' from customers & an order of "Baby Back Ribs" form the curb side waitresses! LOL! I was forgeting to stop by and pre-pay for them! LOL!
Darn I wonder if Joey an Skyler (his little girl an BO's new bestest friend) will let me have him back? Naw I couldn't do that to Skyler, after all BO has scared the crap out of her & her mother by getting real snappy with her an chasing her in the house one day, and when Joey came home he found a Water Moccassin BO had killed in the flower garden next to the front door near where Skyler had been playing! They are lucky they helped me an BO out when the law laid down the line and said BO needed to find a "new home" or be chained up all the time (which I'll never do to any dog! Maybe an ex- GF or 2, but never a DOG! LOL!) BK