hheldorfer Posted August 24, 2012 Share Posted August 24, 2012 We had a yard sale today and, as anyone who has ever had a yard sale knows, we encountered some odd characters. One was a woman who arrived with her poodle in tow (Buffy and Ziggy were confined to the house) and proceeded to examine everything offered, sharing her observations about each item. DH and I petted the poodle and mentioned that we have two dogs. This interested her greatly, especially when we mentioned we had a Cairn terrier. DH made a passing comment about how tough Cairns are and she was kind enough to educate us on the origins of the Cairn terrier. She said: "You know they were bred to kill rats in the coal mines. The rats in the mines would bite the mules' feet and hurt them, so they brought Cairns in to kill the rats." When she departed - after sharing the fact that she breeds Golden Doodles and is NOT a bad person for doing so - we pondered this tale. There must have been giant, mule-eating rats in the coal mines in the older days! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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