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animation of stop action photographs of the dog Dread by Eadweard Muybridge
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animation of stop action photographs of the dog Dread by Eadweard Muybridge
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dog trot. A slow easy trot “like that of a dog”reference 1 says the Century Dictionary, rather tautologically.

Humans do dog trot, though less and less, as we become more and more sedentary. The American Dialect Dictionary combines dog trot with the Appalachianism “nigh cut” to form dog-trot nigh-cut.reference 2 The nigh cut, or nigh way, is the short way. Going the short way at a dog trot may be the quickest way.



1. Whitney, William Dwight, and Benjamin E. Smith. 1914. The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia; with a New Atlas of the World. Century Co. Accessed from http:// century/.

2. Wentworth, Harold. 1944. American Dialect Dictionary. 2d ed. ed. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company. 170.

elevation of a dog trot house
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floor plan of a dog trot house  
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dog trot house. A form of vernacular architecture of the South. The traditional dog trot house is made up of two log houses with a central connecting passageway, a porch on either side, and a chimney at each end. In a scholarly article about this design, Aaron Gentry and Sze Mun Lam make a case that “...the dog trot house is successful in providing cool shaded space in the Southeast's hot, humid climate. This is accomplished primarily through its successful passive ventilation strategy.”reference 3
3. Gentry, Aaron, and Sze Mun Lam. 1998. Dog Trot: A Vernacular Response. In Vital Signs. Berkeley, Calif: Vital Signs Project.
Accessed Mar 14 2004 from: http:// arch.ced. bld/ Casestudies/Abstracts/msstate_ dogtrot_ab.html.
About the illustrations: Figures 1 and 2 show a famous dog trot, photographed by Eadweard Muybridge in the 1880's as a part of his Animal Locomotion series. The dog is Dread, a mastiff. The animations are created by University of California Riverside 's California Museum of Photography from plates containing all 24 images.reference 4

Figures 3 and 4 show the elevation and floor plan of a dog trot house.

4. Muybridge, Eadweard. 1957. Animals in Motion. New York: Dover Publications. 132-133.
see also: run with the big dogs; running dog; running with both hounds and hares Last updated: February 24, 2009
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