A Dog’s Hero
February 22, 2010
Mom says that today is Washington’s birthday. I guess it used to be a holiday all on its own, but now gets combined with others. Anyway, she says that George Washington was a really great man. I talked last year about his contribution to the American Foxhound breed. Also I talked about the fact that he had a dog named Sweetlips. (He also had dogs named Mopsey and Truelove.)
Well, Mom heard something about Washington that she had never heard before. She even bought a children’s book about it - George Washington and the General’s Dog. (Mom said that she bought it for Granddaughter Evelyn to read. Evelyn will like it – it has really cute drawings. But I think that Mom really bought it for herself. That’s ok.) Mom read some more to make sure the story was true.
It seems that during the American Revolution a lot of soldiers took dogs with them, to help hunt, track, guard, and just be companions. There was a big battle at Germantown, in Pennsylvania.
(I’ve been to Pennsylvania. That’s where Dad grew up and we went to visit friends of his. But I couldn’t stay at the friends house because the German Shepherd didn’t like company. So, I had to stay at a kennel. At first I was scared. But the people were all nice to me and they raised Standard Poodles. I LOVE Standard Poodles, like Gracie who was in a class with me and the one I play with at day school. People talk about whether or not dogs can recognize their own breed. I, of course, say “YES!” I also can recognize other dog breeds that I have met.)
Anyway, back to George Washington. After the battle ended, there was a dog alone on the field. He followed Washington back to his camp. There Washington discovered by a tag on the dog’s collar that he belonged to General Howe – the enemy general. Some men thought that they should keep the dog, but Washington made arrangements to get the dog back to his owner where he belonged. Many people – even the British – were impressed by this act of kindness. Many people think that George Washington was a hero.
People don’t have to be important or famous to be kind to animals. Any person who helps even one animal is a HERO is my eyes.
Signed, Tucker (owner of this Dog Diary)
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PS This is a picture of me meeting a little white dog. I’m sort of afraid of little white dogs – like Maltese – because Blizzard has been mean to me.