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#116742 - 11/27/03 08:13 PM Cantering Canines
stales Offline
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Registered: 11/13/00
Posts: 866
Loc: Perth, Western Australia
Howdy pardners

Am reading a cowboy book for a bit of escapism.

Set in Texas in the 1870s (of course), our hero rode up to a farm house that had a "dogtrot". In the next sentence the author mentions a porch so my thoughts that a dogtrot was a porch were dashed.

What's a dogtrot? Why is it called a dogtrot? What would us Auszies call it? Do houses still have them?

(Spose I could google this - but where's the fun in that!)

Be seein y'all. Happy trails.

Doc Stales


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#116743 - 11/27/03 08:36 PM Re: Cantering Canines
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
Dear stales: A book I used to read to my kids told about a type of house popular in rural south US before electricity became available for air conditioning. The floorplan of the house had three sections lengthwise. The center section had no wall on ends, so any breeze could blow through, making the coolest part of the house, particularly on hot nights.
But the family dogs could trot through, so it was jocularly called the dog trot.

Here's URl to a picture of one:Be patient, it's slow loading
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ourhistory/Autry/PicPage6.html

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#116744 - 11/27/03 10:26 PM Re: Cantering Canines
stales Offline
old hand

Registered: 11/13/00
Posts: 866
Loc: Perth, Western Australia
Thanx wwh

In Oz we'd call it a breezeway or central corridor in a real estate advert. But I've never seen one without a door at both ends; usually of flywire. Inevitably there's a front verandah and back porch as well to shade the windows. Very common style of construction up until the 1950s or 60s in Australia. Matter of fact my house (1936) has one.

Wonder why they didn't put a door on them?

stales


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#116745 - 11/28/03 06:56 AM Re: Cantering Canines
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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Registered: 06/24/02
Posts: 7210
Loc: Vermont
flywire? would that be what I call screen?

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#116746 - 11/28/03 09:19 AM Re: Cantering Canines
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
Dear stales: Both insect screens and doors required tools, hardware, and skills not available to rural poor.


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#116747 - 11/28/03 02:39 PM Re: Cantering Canines
Jackie Offline

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Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 11610
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Hey, stales! [blowing kiss e] Got yer spurs on?
What are cowboys in Australia called?


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#116748 - 11/28/03 11:45 PM Re: Cantering Canines
Capfka Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 06/28/02
Posts: 1624
Loc: Utter Placebo, Planet Reebok
Jackeroos.


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#116749 - 11/29/03 07:17 PM Re: Cantering Canines
JohnHawaii Offline
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Registered: 01/17/03
Posts: 171
Loc: Hawaii, USA
Paniolos, in Hawaii.


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#116750 - 11/30/03 05:43 PM Re: Cantering Canines
davego Offline
stranger

Registered: 08/17/03
Posts: 15
Loc: Ontario, Canada
A breezeway in Canada


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#116751 - 11/30/03 07:55 PM Paniolos
Jackie Offline

Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 11610
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Related to pannier(s)?


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#116752 - 12/02/03 07:50 PM Re: Paniolos
JohnHawaii Offline
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Registered: 01/17/03
Posts: 171
Loc: Hawaii, USA
I might have introduced some confusion into the thread. I was giving the Hawaiian word for cowboy. As it turns out, the word "paniolo" has an interesting history and derivation.
In 1838, at the request of Kamehameha III, Spanish-Mexican vaqueros came from California to teach Hawaiians how to manage the wild herds. The vaqueros became "paniolo," a word derived from "espanol" or "Spanish." The name was also given to the new Hawaiian cowboys.


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#116753 - 12/04/03 12:30 AM Re: Cantering Canines
hev Offline
addict

Registered: 01/28/02
Posts: 477
Loc: Sydney, Australia
What are cowboys in Australia called?

Prince Harry!


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#116754 - 12/04/03 07:09 AM Re: Cantering Canines
Alex Williams Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 01/05/01
Posts: 1814
Loc: Spam Factory
You can find lots of images of dogtrots (or just about anything else) by going to http://www.google.com and searching for images rather than just searching the web. (Look for the tabs at the top that allow you select web, images, groups, directory or news.) Here are results of a google image search (or a gis in internet shorthand) http://images.google.com/images?q=dogtrot&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en


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