NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR
By John Ross Harvey
Yes, it’s a beautiful 2-part province
Not that I’ve been there, but seen pictures
But that’s not what I’m talking about
Newfoundland and Labrador
Which came first?
The province, or the dogs?
Since Newfoundland and Labrador
Joined Canada in 1949
They’ve actually existed much longer
But when did the Dogs get this name?
Did they have another name before?
Or were they bred after the province was named?
I suspect they were named after the province
But how many other dog breeds
Are named after bodies of land?
German Sheppard is one I suppose
Not too many dogs named New York or New Jersey
Never heard of a Texas or Ontario dog
No California or Saskatchewan dogs either
Montana or Manitoba
Colorado or Quebec
Utah or Alberta
Mississippi or Yukon
Guess they aren’t beautiful enough
To have a dog named after them
Or is it the other way around?