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Archive for December 22nd, 2017

Newfoundlands deliver Christmas trees

One day each Christmas season, the owners of a Pennsylvania tree farm let their dogs do the hauling.

Being Newfoundlands, they are up to the task.

At the cut-your-own Christmas tree farm in Mohnton, one day each season sees the dogs — three that belong to the owners, and others that join in — haul the cut trees in carts to customer’s cars.

Lindsay Eshelman, whose parents, Gregg and Brenda Eshelman, founded Plow Farms in the early 1980s, said her family got its first Newfoundland in 2001. Now they have three — Lillie Bell, Stella and Matilda. They are regulars at the farm, and popuplar among visitors.

Last year, Plow Farms began hosting an now-annual gathering for dozens of Newfies in the weeks before Christmas, Today.com reported.

The dogs who pull carts have all been trained in draft work, Eshelman says.

“Dogs must have a draft certificate to pull, meaning they have been through multiple classes and training, so they know all of the commands and how to properly execute the exercise,” she said. “Outside of being in the fields, our dogs live in luxury, and we can assure if they didn’t want to work, we would gladly let them lay around the fire.”

Next year’s event is scheduled for Dec. 8, 2018.