Day 53 #Alongthewallin80days
Humans have had a longer relationship with dogs than with any other domesticated animal - and that relationship began to a large extent in the ancient Roman Empire.
The Romans often called their dogs Fido, which is Latin for faithful and kept dogs for several reasons; the larger breeds were used as guard dogs and hunting dogs, where smaller breeds were popular as children’s pets.
Dogs played a large part In the Roman Empire, in a time where there was not much entertainment dogs would be used to fight in the coliseum along with lions and bears. Hunting was also a highly amusing pass time for the wealthy. There is also evidence that shows the Roman Army had a legion of trained dogs, like English mastiffs, that would be taken to battles to disembowel opposing cavalry horses by running underneath them.
Some dogs however were used as pets. Roman architecture and mosaics often show smaller dog breeds as popular children’s pets. The wealthier romans that could afford to feed the extra mouths were also found of dogs as pets, although they sometimes ate the pets they adored. They used animals to make food and ate them as food. They used them as living bedpans to warm their beds and wore them when they were dead as clothes to keep them warm.
As a nation of dog lovers, who don’t want to eat there pets, you wont be surprised to find that many sites along Hadrian’s Wall are in fact dog friendly. Anyone can take there dog along the Hadrian’s Wall path as long as the dog is fit enough to do so and kept on a lead where necessary, and some attractions allow dogs to visit there too, check out the list below to find out where to take your furry friend…
Black Carts Turret - Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland
Chesters Roman Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland
Corbridge Roman Town - Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland
Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland
Birdoswald Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall, Cumbria
Chester Roman Amphitheatre, Cheshire
Ravenglass Roman Bath House, Cumbria