It’s no secret that dogs love to work. Our pages bring you stories of working service dogs, therapy dogs and k-9 cops. But even we were surprised to read this story about Newfoundlands hauling Christmas trees by Amy Murphy of the Daily Record.
Dogs with Jobs: Newfoundlands Hauling Christmas Trees
A pack of giant dogs will provide a delivery service with a difference this year for festive shoppers who buy a Christmas tree from a North Yorkshire visitor centre.
The Newfoundland dogs, weighing up to 12 stone each, have been recruited by the Forestry Commission in Dalby Forest, near Pickering, to help transport customers’ trees to their cars.
The dogs are helping to raise money for charity through donations for each tree carried at the 3,400 hectare (8,600 acre) beauty spot in the North York Moors national park.
The dogs are owned by enthusiasts from the Aqua Nova Water Bears training club.
They were also once used as working dogs by Canadian fishermen to pull nets from the sea.
This winter, they will be raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue by towing trees, including Norway Spruce and Nordmann Fir, in carts.
Yvonne Bone, who co-ordinates the group, said, “They are docile and wonderful with children but because they are such a big dog they are more of a lifestyle than a pet. They are a little known breed in the UK, but we are dedicated to keeping them active doing the things they were bred for. They love being out and working at Christmas.”
Katie Thorn, Forestry Commission recreation manager, added, “It’s a fantastic crowd-pleasing way to buy a tree and have the dogs tow it back to the car in a cart.”
Read the rest of Amy Murphy’s article about Newfoundlands hauling Christmas trees here. Have you ever put your dog to work? Why don’t you tell us about your dog’s job in the comments below?