Happy 4th of July tomorrow! Don’t forget to share your ribs and burgers with your pets! And be safe with those fireworks!
George Washington was the father of the American Foxhound. More than 30 hounds are listed in Washington’s journals including Drunkard, Tipler, Sweet Lips, and Tipsy. His favorite was Vulcan, who reportedly was big enough for a young boy to ride and had a taste for Virginia hams, sneaking into the kitchen and snatching them with his jaws.
Abraham Lincoln’s Fido (The oldest known photo of a president’s dog)
The first pets to actually live at the White House belonged to John Adams and his wife. He built the first stable at the White House for his horse Cleopatra, but the first dogs to live there belonged to his wife Abigail. Their names were Juno and Satan. In a letter to her granddaughter, Abigail wrote, “as if you love me proverbially, you must love my dog.” Both dogs were likely mixed breeds.
Thomas Jefferson, while serving as a minister to France, was gifted with Buzzy the Briard, a pregnant female. She gave birth to two pups while crossing the Atlantic, starting his breeding program. Jefferson was an early proponent of ID tags and publicly supported a law “requiring every dog to wear a collar.”
Benjamin Franklin’s son’s Newfoundland dog made quite an impression on one friend, who wrote to Franklin, “nothing shall tempt me to forget your Newfoundland dog,” during his time in Paris as America’s first ambassador there.
Lt. George Armstrong Custer with his dog during the Civil War’s Peninsula Campaign May-August 1862