Mayflower Dogs

Bernie says there were two Mayflower dogs and there are records of both being in the Plymouth Colony. One was a mastiff – good for guarding; the other a Springer Spaniel – good for hunting. Their names aren’t known but they belonged to a young man, probably in his twenties, named John Goodman. John Goodman didn’t survive the first winter and what became of the dogs isn’t known.

Bernie also says there’s a great mastiff scene in one of the Aubrey/Maturin novels by Patrick O’Brian. Bernie loves those novels. He’s trying to find where the scene is but we’ve got a busy day. For one thing, he has to see whether the deep-frying pot has developed any leaks since last year. That happened once! Oh, boy. But the fire department guys were great.


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7 Responses to “Mayflower Dogs”

  1. Diane
    3:50 am on November 20th, 2009

    One thing for sure: Dog was not on Squanto's menu!

  2. Rebecca Rice
    5:35 am on November 20th, 2009

    *wonders idly what a mix of mastiff and spaniel would look like…*

  3. Melanie
    6:48 am on November 20th, 2009

    Chet, maybe they wandered up to Newfoundland? Both of those breeds are part of the Newfoundland dog background.

  4. Diane
    7:08 am on November 20th, 2009

    By the way, I grinned when I saw that the 50 great inventions of 2009 ranked "custom puppy" at #50. No invention can improve the dog!

  5. diane R.
    9:13 am on November 20th, 2009

    Interesting,Chet, I hadn't thought about that and nothing mentioned about dogs all the times I've been to Plimoth Plantation.

  6. ivy
    6:28 pm on November 20th, 2009

    Message from Abby:

    Whoa! I would be nervous about a deep-fry pot, but maybe…some day. We would not want the fire department to show up.

    Bad enough that one TG Day, we arrived home from a week away working) and 'someone'…(Ivy) lit the fireplace, but forgot to open the flue. What a mess! Smoke everywhere, and then the fire alarm went off and the volunteer FD people showed up in the big red trucks.

    Ivy interrupted their TG dinners. ACK!!! She was feeling very bad that TG Day. They had to inspect the rest of the house to make sure she did not set the roof on fire, etc, or something worse.

    Soon, they returned home to their families, and TG dinners. I will mention that Ivy is not allowed to start any fires, anywhere…not yet, at least.

    …Abby for ivy

    P.S. Happy Thanksgiving, all. Enjoy and be well. Don't eat too much. 🙂

  7. Dogtanian Jr
    9:09 pm on November 20th, 2009

    Hi Chet. Bernie is right, in "Treason's Harbour" Ponto becomes firm friends with Jack after he rescues him from a water tank. It is a great scene. "I must keep clear of his jaws", thought Jack. Bark Bark!

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