Animals: Dog Mart

Fredericksburg, Va., is the place where George Washington is supposed to have tossed a silver dollar across the Rappahannock River. On a drizzly day last week, 7,000 people and 642 dogs from Washington, Richmond, and the surrounding countryside gathered under the 400-year-old oak trees in Fredericksburg's city park for the 239th renewal of Fredericksburg's famed dog mart. According to tradition it; was founded to pacify warring Indians who had no need of the usual peace offerings of beads, muskets or rum, but who coveted the colonists' fine dogs. It has evolved into a...

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