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Turnspit Dogs

Turnspit Dogs

I did a post on these poor creatures, one of many working breeds that have long since died out, in this case, their extinction has probably been an act of mercy. The dogs and their treadmills were replaced by clockwork and hot air driven spits, or jacks. Many years ago, I visited Abergavenny in Wales, … Continue reading

Turnspit Dogs

Turnspit Dogs

These dogs are now extinct, and few records survive of them as they were so badly treated; in fact, they only really existed in order to be mistreated. Back in the days when large animals were roasted in big country stoves with chimneys bigger than modern flats, the heat meant that constant turning was required, … Continue reading