maybe some of these will help

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On Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 4:26 PM, Lisa Kies <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Pity neither of those websites listed any sources so we could get more information.  :-(

It's the specific details that are really interesting.  Saying that people in the Middle Ages used dogs in every walk of life is like saying people in the Middle Ages ate all sorts of foods and prepared them in various ways.  

And if we're going to create/re-create canine games and activities, the more specifically we can understand exactly how dogs were used in period, the better.


On Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 11:34 AM, Victoria G Money <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Here is just a couple of links to whet your whistle, animal history is one of my favorite things


On Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 5:17 AM, Jerry Harder <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
On 12/30/2013 11:59 AM, Victoria G Money wrote:
In actuality Rottweilers were used by Romans to knock down horses and kill the riders back in the day, there are thousands of instances of dogs being used in every walk of life.