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The legend of the turnspit dog

Turnspit dog
Over at NPR, we find an article about dogs bred to be kitchen machinery. The turnspit dog:

When any meat was to be roasted, one of these dogs was hoisted into a wooden dog wheel mounted on the wall near the fireplace. The wheel was attached to a chain which ran down to the spit. As the dog ran, like a hamster in a cage, the spit turned.

They’re extinct now, of course.

 “They were ugly little dogs with a quite morose disposition so nobody wanted to keep them as pets. The turnspit dogs became extinct.”