Dog Powered Christmas Tree Service

For the lucky shoppers of North Yorkshire visitor centre in Danby England, Christmas tree buying will be a little different this year.  Their trees will be brought to their car using dog power.

The Forestry Commission in Danby Forest has recruited Newfoundland dogs from Aqua Nova Water Bears training club to move the trees.  The Newfies, who are naturals at draft work, have been trained to pull the trees behind them in carts.  This year they will be towing trees to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Scarbourough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue.

Newfoundlands were originally bred to work for fisherman in Newfoundland Canada.  This giant, tremendously strong breed remains extremely benevolent, using its loyalty and calm disposition for water rescue work even to this day.  Newfoundlands thick double coat, webbed feet, and muscular build means that they can swim for miles.