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A Dog Cart | Traditional Quebec Dog Carts

Un Attelage de Chien a Quebec, Canada

Perhaps a racing sulky?


Vintage retro postcard: A Dog Cart - possibly a racing sulky | Traditional Quebec Dog Carts





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May 28, 2009 - Posted by | . | ,


  1. I guess the dogs probably enjoyed pulling the carts if they weren’t too heavy, but I still feel kind of sorry for the dogs. Is that a hat on the dog?


    Comment by postcardy | May 28, 2009 | Reply

    • I agree with you!
      By the way – when are you going to announce your June Scavenger Hunt! Just in June?


      Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | May 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. Great card but that poor puppy 😦 I also wonder if the dog is wearing a hat?!


    Comment by mandalamichelle | May 28, 2009 | Reply

  3. I agree too! But at the same time I think that a very large and beloved dog would be happy to pull certain things for the family. Sled pulling huskies are certainly loaded down yet are not outlawed like dogcarts are. I don’t really see the difference as long as the dog is strong enough and there is no cruelty involved! It’s always a joy Evelyn!


    Comment by Marie | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  4. well he looks strong enough to win the race! 🙂
    handsome dog!

    Happy PFF!

    imajica’s postcards!



    Comment by ilyani | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  5. The poor dog doesn’t look too thrilled!


    Comment by Sheila | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  6. What a wonderful card, really love it.


    Comment by debby | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  7. Great card. I loved the detail of the head.


    Comment by Bob of Holland | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  8. The driver looks mean … and the dog isnt too happy about that hat, is he …


    Comment by Daryl | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  9. Hello
    Thank you for sharing this delightful vintage card.
    A very unique look into the past 🙂
    Dogs are very strong and the little Jockey was
    not to heavy but glad I am not a dog 🙂
    Happy Postcard Friendship Friday to you .
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Blessings of joy to you .


    Comment by Terry | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  10. Lovely vintage card you are sharing this week.

    Am looking forward to the weekend and getting to work on a card or two.


    Comment by Pearl Maple | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  11. I’m pretty sure that the dog loves the running part and is giving that look because he isn’t. It’s a great card.


    Comment by Kristin | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  12. Bonjour.
    I saw the racing sulky listed first and thought horses! And then saw dog cart. How funny is that! Great card.

    I lived in Montreal and Rosemere for my first 10 years and my husband is from Dorval. Love visiting every year.


    Comment by Beverley Baird | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  13. HI there! Great postcard, thanks for sharing with us… I love the hat on the dog, and it’s really nice that you included close ups of the postcard! I also love anything and anyone from Quebec… what an incredible city and beautiful countryside… have a great weekend!


    Comment by Kathy McCreedy | May 30, 2009 | Reply

  14. It always bothers me to see dogs as draught animals; to me they’re family members. Maybe the dog and human take turns pulling?


    Comment by Chris Overstreet | May 31, 2009 | Reply

    • Life was extremely hard in the very rocky and hilly Gaspesie in northern Quebec. This vintage card dates back to the early twentieth century when the Gaspesie was still following older traditions. I have found no evidence of dogs being used for work in other areas of Quebec in such late times. I know that when Europeans arrived the Inuit were still using sled dogs (as they do today). I’ve also noticed there is a strong tradition of the use of working dogs in Belgium and at least the Norman area of France – which is where many Quebec French originated from. With the exception of this one card, all the cards I have show people and dogs working side-by-side in a traditional manner (e.g. dogs pulling carts with codfish/wood), or they are twentieth-century cards intended for tourists. I will publish some more research on this in the summer when I have time to write it up!
      Thank you Chris and others for your reflection on this issue!


      Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | May 31, 2009 | Reply

      • Hello Evelyn, my mother’s family is from the Gaspe. Her mother was born in Shigawake. I have a family photo of my grandfather sitting in a dogcart, it was used to haul cod.


        Comment by Anne Whitman | November 1, 2012 | Reply

  15. I loved your postcard. I was ill last weekend so did not get around to say Happy PFF!


    Comment by Beth | June 1, 2009 | Reply

  16. It is such a beautiful picture!!!it the most cutest picture ive seen!!! but i feel kinda sad for that dog to carry that big wagon. but i guess dog must like it.Is that a hat on the dog?!:D,again the dog is handsome and so cute!

    and i love ❤ wolves!


    Comment by wolves | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  17. No offence but I feel bad for the dog what if he needs water when he’s walking what if he’s hungry.
    But is that a hat? But if it is than it’s a nice hat. But the dog he’s cute. I like the view behind the dog, Isn’t the wagon heavy? Well I guess so.

    I love animals a lot just for saying so BYE!


    Comment by Squeacky | September 17, 2009 | Reply

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