including kids come in to see General Brown. When he hears someone
downstairs he barks and runs down the stairs to meet them. As long as you
have a treat, he will sit, lie down, go to sleep, roll over, dance, shake your
hand, and wave. He’ll speak if you say “Woodchucks,” and shares a
two-tiered bunk with the fort cat, “Jeff Davis.” The General’s job at the
fort is to clear the ramparts of woodchucks, and as you can see from the
attached ad he does a lot of promotional work.
Not all historic sites or museums are equipped to handle dogs, but if you are at a site that does have dog-friendly grounds, it makes sense to let people know, much like they do at Fort Ontario. Even if they do not come with dogs, it is a mini surprise-and-delight to a dog owner to see that they welcome dogs, and gives that visitor an excuse to come back (as my husband and I did when we learned that the sculpture garden at the DeCordova was dog-friendly).
And because I cannot
resist, below is another photo of General Brown, hard at work at Fort Ontario as guest conductor for the Syracuse
Symphony (great partnership, by the way!).