Dog Pelter
by Don Swartz  

There used to be a Dog Pelter, whose job it was
to protect the Carolers from canine onslaught.

      George Shaw was the first Dog Pelter in 1848.       →

He was the Caroler - one of the original five from
1848 - who went out by himself one 19th Century
Christmas Eve when the weather was spectacularly
offensive and by so doing singlehandedly kept the
caroling tradition alive.

The position of Dog Pelter has been abandoned.
In recent years dogs have become less aggressive,
less amorous, and less inclined to view a stationary
Caroler as a public facility. For this, we thank the dogs.