A pig, a badger, and two cats…..
Hello from Vermont - I just came across a wonderful, supposedly true account of an eccentric postmaster from Lismore, Ireland, and his adventure: In January, 1821, 96-year-old John Huddy, on a wager, drove a Dunvargan oyster tub from Lismore to Fermoy, a distance of about 17 miles. The tub was drawn by a pig, a badger, two cats, a goose, and a hedgehog. On his head Mr. Huddy wore a large red nightcap. He held a pig-driver’s whip in one hand and a cow’s horn in the other. He blew the horn to encourage his team onward and to announce the delivery of the mail.
If one doesn’t already exist, this sounds like excellent material for a tune/song, although a song might be better in order to tell the story. There is also an account that says the postmaster’s name was Billy Hurley but most of the info I found listed John Huddy.
I hope some of you composer-types will be inspired! And Happy New Year and good riddance to 2020!