Archive for the ‘Dog Mascots’ Category

1911: Buster, Topsy, and Yaller, the Police Mascots of NYC’s Lower East Side, Part 2

Posted: 11th March 2017 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

In December 1911, the policemen of the old Eldridge Street police station in New York City’s Lower East Side moved into the new station house constructed for the men of the old Delancey Street station. Although the new station at the corner of Clinton and Delancey streets was more than big enough to accommodate everyone, the rival police cats, […]

1899: Strike, the Heroic Eighth Precinct Police Dog of New York City’s Tribeca

Posted: 31st August 2016 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

For the policemen of Manhattan’s Leonard Street Station, doing strike duty in Brooklyn meant spending a lot of time riding on the trolley cars looking for trouble. It was during this week that they “adopted” a big, brown, shaggy dog who would change their lives for the better. They named him Strike.

1917: Jiggs, the Jelly-Belly Fire Dog of Brooklyn’s Engine 205

Posted: 13th April 2015 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

“Jiggs was the dog who started out as a lithe, slim pup who ran yelping and barking just ahead of the three beautiful horses that pulled old “205.” But Jiggs fell into evil ways. He became a connoisseur of Borough Hall restaurant kitchens. A gourmet. Things came to such a pass that Jiggs fell down […]

1910: Mike, the Extraordinary Trolley-Riding Fire Dog of Engine Company 8

Posted: 21st February 2015 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

Mike was no ordinary fire dog. In fact, he was no ordinary Dalmatian. As the son of Oakie and Bess, two of the most famous mascot dogs in the history of the Fire Department of New York, he was destined for greatness. Oakie was raised in Newport, Rhode Island on Oakland Farm, the residence of […]

1898: Peggy the Pug, Tom, and the Cat Martyrs of the USS Maine

Posted: 22nd February 2014 by The Hatching Cat in Uncategorized

During the 1800s and early 1900s, the Brooklyn Navy Yard served as a pseudo receiving and distributing station for the animal mascots of American warships. Some of these animals were born at the Navy Yard, while others stopped in to visit from time to time during their many years at sea. In the late 1800s, […]