March 15, 2019

Let's remember some 'very good boys' from Florida's past

The following collection of "very good boys" comes from the State Archives of Florida, and gives us a snapshot of our long history of friendship with four-legged furballs. "Dogs in Florida help deliver mail, work for the police department, ride motorcycles, and lounge on the beach. Service, companionship, love, furriness—dogs fulfill all of these needs," says the State Archives. "Floridians have always shared their special place in the sun with their dogs."

Photo via State Archives of Florida 

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Woman with rifle and dog. Date unknown.

Woman with rifle and dog. Date unknown.

Dog posing on table. Photographed in Tallahassee, Florida between 1885 and 1910.

Dog posing on table. Photographed in Tallahassee, Florida between 1885 and 1910.

Spanish-American war camp scene: Tampa, Florida. 1898.

Spanish-American war camp scene: Tampa, Florida. 1898.

Heise's pet shop: Tampa, Florida. Date unknown.

Heise's pet shop: Tampa, Florida. Date unknown.

Lassie awaiting her cue in front of camera crew, 1965.The CBS television show "Lassie," ran from 1954 through 1974. In this episode, "Lassie the Voyager" which aired on October 16, 1966, Lassie and Ranger Corey are in Florida. Despite the fact that the character Lassie was female, all the dog actors have been male.

Lassie awaiting her cue in front of camera crew, 1965.The CBS television show "Lassie," ran from 1954 through 1974. In this episode, "Lassie the Voyager" which aired on October 16, 1966, Lassie and Ranger Corey are in Florida. Despite the fact that the character Lassie was female, all the dog actors have been male.