One Nation, Under Dog

I recently read a piece which detailed the impossibility of being a US president without having a dog.  Surely, they exaggerate I thought.  But the facts back up the claim.  The past nineteen presidents have all had dogs, and in total, 32 out of 44 presidents had a pet dog.

 

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President Ford and his dog Liberty (source).  But who was really in charge?

Now, you don’t need a president to be a dog, but you do need a dog to be a president. Therefor, accordingly to airtight logic, dogs are essential to running a country.


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Herbert Hoover and King Tut, his Belgian Shepard (source).  Hoover’s smirk is a dead giveaway that King Tut was in charge

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Grace Coolidge on the lawn of the White House with Laddie Buck (Airedale Terrier) and Rob Roy (White Collie) (source).  My guess is that they were discussing foreign policy

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FDR taking a break from reading to consult with Fala, his terrier (source

As it turns out, the list of presidential pets reads like the Wizard of Oz script – there have been lions (Coolidge), tigers (Van Buren) and bears (Jefferson). Teddy Roosevelt had a veritable menagerie with snakes, rates, owls and a lizard named Bill.  In the end, it seems they all agreed it was in the best interest of national security to have a dog keep watch at the White House.  Which then makes me wonder, when will dogs finally step out of our shadows and run for office directly?

vote-dogEko in 2016?

Well, here’s hoping if he does choose to throw his bone into the ring, Eko remembers the little guy who took him to the park every day!

14 thoughts on “One Nation, Under Dog”

  1. Mom would vote for you for sure! If you need a cute VP, I may be available 😉 Think of what we could to do improve that big white house with lots of stuff for dogs! Endless possibilities!

  2. I will give you my vote, Eko! I’ve read President Eisenhower had a Weimaraner girl once. Think I would like to be First Dog… but who would elect my dad….probably no one, not for money or cake :o)

  3. if you need a vice president – Rigby can be in charge of cleaning up crime (well treats really) and he likes to travel and meet people so he might be pretty good with foreign policy (well dogs and their treats in other countries).

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