Rottweilers Help Celebrate Connecticut State Latin Day
Cheshire, CT (May 14, 2016) — The theme of the 35th annual Connecticut State Latin Day (CSLD) on April 29 was, “Serit arbores quae saeclo prosint alteri,” or, “He who plants trees benefits the next generation.” More than 1,600 Latin students from 50 Connecticut middle and high schools celebrated the language and culture of the ancient Romans at Holiday Hill in Cheshire.
The festivities included the presentation, “The Rottweiler Dog and His Work for the Romans,” which highlighted the early history of the breed and its contributions to Roman civilization. The presentation was sponsored by Stratford (CT) High School Latin teacher Amy Harkenreader and Linda Chehy, a teacher for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
“It is thought that the Rottweiler developed from the Mastiff type dog from Western Asia, which guarded Roman cattle herds by day and Roman homes by night,” Wells said. “Roman soldiers needed a strong and sturdy dog to ‘cart’ or bring supplies to different sites.” This early history of the Rottweiler as a carting dog can be documented in Roman art and literature.
Wells also showed techniques for teaching carting to a dog by doing live demonstrations with three of her Rottweilers, Bubba, Dakota, and Rebel. “Both students and teachers were excited to help with the demonstrations,” Wells said, “and the response to the program was extremely positive…with the CT State Latin Day Committee, giving us a huge thumbs up, in hopes that we return with the dogs next year.”