Pups Through Time: Man’s Best Friend in Manch
Throughout time people have used dogs as not only for work but as our best friends! Dogs have been used in Manchester for many years, working with the police and fire departments as well as on farms and even in battle! Despite their great work ethic and strength, dogs have proven to be one of man’s best companions. Above shows a portrait of a boy and his dog in the early 1900’s in Manchester, New Hampshire!
This image is of the New Hampshire State Militia dating back to the late 1800’s. Notice the three dogs sitting in front of these soldiers who happened to be dressed up as cowboys and Native Americans for this photo.Not only where these pups good for battle, they also were good as every day companions.
Even on the playgrounds of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, children pose on the jungle gym with their black and white spotted pup back in 1911!
Dogs have even participated in events in Manchester, this event being the Victory parade in 1918. These women and young ladies had dressed up to march in the parade, and so did their dog, who posed for this picture along side these ladies of Manchester!
In 1895, New Hampshire’s first National Guard group poses with their dog in front! Since then the National Guard has grown, and dogs have still remained our best buds!
Even in the coldest of winters dogs have been close to their humans to provide not only companionship, but protection and safety as well. This dog posses with a man and women being pulled by horse through the frigid winter day. Even back in February of 1882, dogs have proven to be a part of the everyday life of the residence of Manchester.
At the end of the day dogs have not only been man’s best friend, but a companion for everyone! This little girl, Elizabeth Cheney, poses with her beloved family dog back in the early 1900’s. From the battle ground to the home, dogs have played a versatile role in our communities serving as our protectors and our friends.
A big thank you to the Manchester Historic Association for these fantastic images and information!
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