Ok Gov, so the First Dog of Governor’s Island is a Newfoundland named Bailey

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Ok Governor, I admit I was sampling that bottle of Glenlivet I bought at Costco. My Bailey, an 8 year old yellow Lab wanted me to change your Bailey’s name, as she said there can only be one Bailey on the island. Then I read my Bailey this excerpt from Wikipedia:

The breed originated in Newfoundland from a breed indigenous to the island, that later became known as the St. John’s Dog. The speculation they may be partly descended from the big black bear dogs introduced by the Vikings in 1001 A.D. is based more in romance than in fact. It is more likely that their size results from the introduction of large mastiffs, brought to the island by many generations of Portuguese fishermen, who had been fishing the Grand Banks of Newfoundland since the 1400s. By the time colonization was permitted in 1610, the distinct physical characteristics and mental attributes had been established in the breed. In the early 1880s fishermen from Ireland and England traveled to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, where there they described two main types of working dog: one more heavily built, large with a longish coat, whereas the other was lighter in build, an active, smooth-coated water dog. The heavier one was the Newfoundland and the other was the known as the Lesser St. John’s Dog, the forerunner of the Labrador Retriever. The dogs were used in similar ways to pull fishnets and heavy equipment.

She is ok now with there being two Bailey’s on Governor’s Island.

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