Messenger dogs, or puddlers, were almost as highly thought of as baseball dogs. They were adventurous mutts who traveled the countryside spreading the news among the friendly species. Many of them, especially those that were senior, were fluent in more than one language.
The methods they used varied. In some cases, they simply delivered an intended message verbally. Other times, when the dog wasn’t home, they’d leave a puddle of urine that conveyed the same meaning. They’d also combine this method with something they called relaying. Messages sent long distances required relaying. One puddler would carry the message a certain distance, and another would pick it up and move it down the line. Amazingly, the system worked without miscommunication.
Privacy was very difficult to keep up. For every puddler who was an expert at masking a message, there was a talented nosy snoop capable of deciphering it.