Presidents and Their Best Friends
2009 Edition Featuring "Bo"
"If you want a friend in
Washington, get a dog," Harry Truman once
said. Maybe that's why, for much of our Republic's
history, there have been two top dogs at 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue - one with two legs, one with
four. First Dogs, by distinguished
journalist Roy Rowan and researcher Brooke Janis, tells
the whole doggone story, from the days before there was
a White House to the dogless presidency of Bill Clinton.
From Sweet Lips
(George Washington's foxhound) to Millie (George Bush's
spaniel), dogs have been at the sides of American
presidents wherever they went. Not only did the
dogs humanize their distinguished masters, they offered
them a little unconditional love in a loveless town, and
sometimes broke up the rigorous White House agenda with
impromptu tugs-of-war in the Oval Office or dips in the
Rose Garden fountain.
Here's a lighthearted
romp through American history, packed with drawings and
paintings from early America, plus photographs of dogs -
from Abraham Lincoln's Fido to Zeke, the cocker spaniel
that the Clintons owned in Arkansas. Laddie Boy,
Fala, Pushinka, King Timahoe, and Liberty are just a few
of the four-footed goodwill ambassadors who have left
their mark on the American consciousness (and not just
the East Lawn). First Dogs will
give dog lovers and history lovers not only a new angle
on presidential history, but also more fun than you can
shake a stick (or a rubber bone) at.
First Dogs was made into a
documentary film narrated by Kelsey Grammer and aired on
the Discovery Channel in 1999.
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