Elena Passarello’s column is about famous animals from history. This week: Barry the Saint Bernard.
From the day he was born, before he was given his name or opened his eyes, even as a tiny puppy, Barry heard the alarm.
—Barry of the Great Saint Bernard, 1977
Just where it drifts, a dog howls loud and long,
And now, as guided by a voice from Heaven,
Digs with its feet.
—Samuel Rogers, “Barry,” 1850
After his death, which was but recent, his body was carefully buried, and his skin stuffed to imitate nature, and with an action resembling life, stands in this state, decorated, with his collar, in the Museum of Bern.
—Ladies’ Literary Cabinet, 1820
Species: Canis familiaris
Years Active: 1800–1812
Habitat: A snowy cloister eight thousand feet above sea level
Skills: Surefootedness, loyalty, the ability to smell humans buried deep in snow
Distinguishing Features: Up for debate
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