Roy Bates and His Dog Named Taffy— ahh Paddy


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Roy Bates owned a spectacular Airedale dog. He was the pride and joy of the family, and Pat or Paddy as he was called, would follow his master every day to his office at the Bates and Innes mill. One morning on their daily walk, the Airedale came across a ball of taffy on a plate cooling on a back step. The dog had no idea it had to be fully cooled and needed to be pulled. He didn’t think twice, he  just grabbed it and ate it whole. However, the taffy never made it down the dog’s throat, and the dog’s jaw became clamped together. Paddy instinctively ran his head along the ground, but nothing was going to dislodge that sticky stuff.


When he saw his method was not going to work, the dog quickly ran home. As soon as Mrs. Bates saw him she was horrified and called Roy and told him to come home at once. It was immediately decided, and assumed, the dog had gotten into some glue. After repeated applications of warm water the dog was finally able to open his mouth again. A few days later Roy found out what had truly happened, and I bet that dog never touched taffy again.

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Roy Wallace Bates – 1887/1963

Mayor of Carleton Place – 1918 to 1920 – Textile Manufacturer.

Files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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