Saturday, December 5, 2009
A Dog Named Seaman
You may have heard about Lewis and Clark when you were studying history in school, but some of the history books don't talk about Seaman, even though he was an incredibly important member of the expedition team.
Seaman traveled all the way to the Pacific with the group, and then he traveled all the way back to St. Louis. He did all kinds of important stuff for the men, like retrieving game from the water and scaring bears away from the camp. One time, he got bitten by a beaver in the hind leg, right in his artery, so he was bleeding a whole bunch, and Captain Lewis and Captain Clark had to operate on Seaman to save him.
And then another time, when they were on the way back from the west coast, Seaman got kidnapped by Indians, who were probably planning to eat him for dinner. But Captain Lewis threatened to kill the whole tribe if they didn't give his dog back, so they ended up giving him back.
I think it would be nice to have an official state dog in Missouri, and if it can't be the Basenji, then the Newfoundland would be a good second choice because of Seaman. Newfoundlands are really big, really hairy dogs, and they drool a lot. But they are very gentle dogs who are good with children. Newfoundlands are used for water rescue, and they can also be good guard dogs.
Anyway, that's the important news here in Missouri. I don't know how long it will be until we get our official state dog, but I hope it's soon!