Happy B-Day, George, You Dog Lover, You!!

As we celebrate the birthday of our nation’s first president, George Washington, let us reflect not only on his achievements as Commanding General of the Continental Army and U.S. president, but his life-long association with dogs. That’s right.  You mean, you didn’t know? Well, sit back and hear the tale!  It starts with Washington, the avid hunter. You see, fox hunting was one of Washington’s great passions. (NOTE: Before you consider taking your furry friend fox hunting with you, please consult your Boca Raton pet care specialist.  She will surely have some helpful advice on the subject!)  Anyway, during his years in Virginia, Washington would ride out with his dogs to hunt foxes every week and sometimes two or three times a week. A New Nation, A New Breed of Dog As an educated farmer, Washington was well versed in animal husbandry. With the unrivaled passion he put into everything, he began to build a pack of hunting hounds. In case you haven’t read them, Washington's diaries are filled with his accounts of his dog breeding and eventually, he created a unique breed of foxhound that he called the "Virginia Hound."  Believe it or not, Washington's diary even documents the names he gave to his beloved hounds; there was “Sweet Lips”, “Venus”, and “Truelove”. These shared a kennel with “Taster”, “Tippler” and “Drunkard”, no doubt named after some of Washington’s more riotous acquaintances. Washington meets Howe’s Terrier in Battle Washington's affection for dogs is vividly illustrated in an incident that occurred during the Revolutionary War. On or around October 6, 1777, during the Battle of Germantown, when American forces were trying to contain British General William Howe's troops near Pennibecker's Mill, a small terrier was [...]