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“🎶 If only I could have a puppy
I'd call myself so very lucky
Just to have some company
To share a cup of tea with me
I'd take my puppy everywhere
La, la, la-la, I wouldn't care
And we would stay away from crowds
And signs that said no dogs allowed
Oh we, I know he'd never bite me
Whoa do do-do-do-doh-doh"
~ The Puppy Song, Harry Nilsson, 1969
Today celebrates all dogs in our lives, and particularly, Labrador retrievers! Evolutionary biologists now believe that humans may have domesticated dogs two separate times, taming wolves both in Europe (15,000 years ago) and Central Asia or Chiina (12,500 years ago, giving us the breeds we know today! Interestingly, Labrador retrievers come from Newfoundland, not Labrador. In the 18th century, the Greater Newfoundland dogs were bred with smaller water dogs to produce St. John’s water dogs. These smaller canines looked a lot like modern day Labs, but with white muzzles and paws. The St. John’s water dog served as the ancestor for today's Labrador retriever, known for its thick, water-resistant shiny coat, retrieving tendencies, and amiable, playful nature. This tartan incorporates the three colours of the Labrador breed: black, yellow and chocolate, with purple and green to represent the Scottish landscape. Woof! 🐕 🦴
National Dog Day has two goals: to honor dogs, and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse - an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of "man's best friend" in our lives.
This tartan was designed by Maurice Givan to celebrate the history of the Labrador Retriever, introduced from Newfoundland to Scotland in the 1830s by the 5th Duke of Buccleuch, Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott.
The Labrador Retriever was originally bred as a working gun dog, trained to fetch dead and wounded game and to bring it back undamaged. It is now one of the most popular breeds of dog in the United Kingdom and the United States.
A favourite disability assistance breed in many countries, Labradors are frequently trained to aid the blind, those with medical conditions, to act as a therapy dog, and to perform screening and detection work for law enforcement and other official agencies
The tartan incorporates the three colours of the Labrador breed: black, yellow and chocolate, with purple and green to represent the Scottish landscape.
For more about a famous Labrador, Jake, who served as a search and rescue dog following the September 11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina, click the three colors of Labradors!