"The dog, Morrell explained, belonged to Mrs So-and-So who lived at the side of the Post Office and was, in fact, a frequent shopper. So mother completed the order, put the change in the purse and put the groceries in the basket. The dog then simply trotted out of the shop and made its way up Main Street with its purchases. The dog would come about twice a week and it seemed that we were the only family who found it strange. Other dogs came very regularly for the evening newspapers and we marvelled at the use to which they were put. Dogs in towns served to mark lampposts and attack postmen; dogs in Broughton Astley fetched newspapers and groceries."
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