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History shows Presidents prefer purebred dogs but Animal Rights will destroy us unless we choose our leaders wisely in the mid-term elections.


August 2020 update > April 4, 2015

Col. Sam Harper, Dogsport Reconnaissance


Fancy purebred or hunting dog, the future of dog ownership is dark unless we understand our past and can see where we’re headed.


Willie, General Patton's Bull TerrierNot to be melodramatic (my daughter’s favorite word this week) but after WWII took nearly half a million American lives, U.S. Military weaponry became so advanced that fewer than 100,000 soldiers were killed in the Persian Gulf War. OK, but ten times more were wounded so what I’m saying is that a lot of us gave lives and limbs to protect your political freedom.


That includes your right to own the breed of your choice in whatever state you choose to live but I can see that ain’t happening. Today’s weapon is Legislation and ironically, it is the most deadly to our democracy. Me and my buddies are beginning to “get it” on this Animal Rights crap. We fought for freedom from oppression by other governments only to confront it right here at home.


A look at President's pets reveals a lot! I get that we’re a long way from Abraham Lincoln and George Washington and most of today’s politicians are a little fuzzy on the Constitution but I know a little something about military leaders.


You’ve probably seen it before but this Life Magazine photo of Willie… waiting to be shipped home with General George Patton’s belongings, says something about bravery. His dog was gun shy but took courage from one of our bravest leaders.


Like most in her generation, my daughter didn’t know Willie’s story or that the General and his dog are military legends. It is among the greatest examples of the human-canine bond ever recorded. Gun-shy Willie, always at Patton’s side, was like a magnifying glass for his master’s unwavering determination and bravery. I don’t know that much about dogs and next to nothing about Bull Terriers but it is a helluva story!


One of General Dwight Eisenhower's Scottish Terriers, when he became President, the Scotties went to the White HouseSince this is about politics, I’ll risk mentioning that the current Commander In Chief (President Obama) has caused a lot of our top field Generals to retire. Makes me wonder if Patton would have accepted that?


Asking around before writing this, I found it fitting that so many of our war-time commanders owned tough terrier breeds. Supreme Commander of Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower had two Scottish Terriers that made it to the White House as “The President’s dog.”


In fact, most American presidents had purebred dogs as pets. I’d like to think there’s something inherently strong willed about leaders who favored terriers. George Bush Jr. obviously loved his Scottie, I’m told he was used to being “on the arm” of the President, meaning he carried him.


I decided to do a little research and had to laugh about this: “Barney bit a journalist, while Teddy Roosevelt's bull terrier Pete literally tore the pants off the French ambassador, nearly causing an international incident.”


Using google I found two of the best articles in There was a whole section on politics that I found pretty interesting. They even covered Governor Romney tying his dog on top of the car when the family went on vacation. I reckon dogs have endured worse to be near the people they love. Mrs. Romney is an accomplished horsewoman and the whole family loves animals but it was a dumb move politically speaking and needless to say, he didn’t win the White House.


President Lyndon Johnson pulling his beagles’ ears - did this hurt the Beagle dog?  You decideHere’s one on White House Pets and there are other links in it. I remembered the scandal about President Lyndon Johnson pulling his beagles’ ears. My daughter said it sounds like something a non-dog person would do trying to make it look like he had some special understanding of dogs.


We all have our war story. One of the best articles I found was Dogs In The Civil War by Fred Lanting. I had some personal knowledge of some of our leaders but until I retired, had no reason to connect politics with a man’s taste in dogs.


We used to joke that you could tell a lot about a man’s character by what he drinks but I’ve learned that a man's choice in dogs can say much more. In these troubled times, we want a Commander with backbone, the courage to lead and the respect of the troops.


My daughter read this and pointed out I should have said “man or woman” to lead the country. I pulled rank on her. It stays as written. EST 2002 1504169188r20S09



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