Story: Pets

Fire brigade mascot

Fire brigade mascot

The Whanganui fire brigade pose for a photograph on their fire engine in 1926, with a canine mascot on the running board. It is traditional for armed forces to keep animals as mascots, and this custom was continued by sports teams and many other community groups.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Pets - History of pets in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Nov 2008