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Friday, 24 August 2012

Dog Blog-part 2!

Phew! What a day I had on HMS Victory yesterday!

It's me again- Tiggy the salty sea dog!

So many people came to meet me- the new museum mascot- and find out all about pets on board ships at the Animal Magic activity! Did you know one ship even had a pet goat! I bet it wasn't as good at fetch as me!!

I reckon I must have met more than 150 people you know! It was certainly a busy day but worth it for the chewy treats I got for being such an excellent sailor!  All the visitors thought I looked very smart in my uniform- just as smart as Nelson's I reckon!

I will keep you all posted about what I'm doing next but here's a new Tiggy's Teaser for you! I learnt all about this on board HMS Victory!

Bye for now, Tiggy

Tiggy's Teaser

What is a dog watch?

Time on a ship is split into a number of ‘watches’ when the sailors do their work. There are two ‘dog watches’ called the First and the Last. The First starts at 4pm and the Last starts at 6pm. A ‘dog watch’ is only two hours long-all the rest are four hours!

Some people say it gets its name from Sirius the Dog Star-the first star you see during the watch but others reckon it’s from the word ‘dodge’ because it was a shorter watch than the others.

What do you think?

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Dog Blog - Meet our new Museum Mascot

Ahoy there-welcome to the Dog Blog!

I’m Tiggy the new museum mascot. I am a Jack Russell from Titchfield but now I am a salty sea dog too!
My favourite things are chasing rats, going for walks, wearing new clothes and bouncing but I don’t like getting wet in the rain!

I am very excited about my new job especially about helping everyone to learn more about dogs and other animals in the Navy on HMS Victory next week. I will be helping to run the Animal Magic family activity on Thursday 23rd August. The activity is on from 11am-1pm, then I will have time for some tasty dog biscuits before coming back from 2pm-4pm!  You can also have a go at making a fun animal mask to take home.*

I even have a brand new uniform so that I will fit right in on board and look just as smart as my new friend Roger does in his!

I will be letting you know all about my exciting adventures at the museum and giving you some fascinating animal facts along the way.

Make sure you join me again next week to find out all about my day on board HMS Victory!

Bye Now,


Have a go at my tricky Tiggy’s Teaser and find out more about animals and the Navy!

Tiggy’s Teasers

        What do you think Nelson’s own dog was called?
A)     Nileus
B)      Trafalgar
C)      Santa Cruz


 Nelson’s dog was called Nileus and was named after his owner’s great victory at the Battle of the Nile in 1798.

Here is a picture of his collar- it is part of the collection at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich

I wonder if my owners would get me a silver collar too….

*You need a Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ticket to take part in this activity. Please visit www.historicdockyard.co.uk to find out more