A Dog Fit For A President – The Faithful Cocker Spaniel-puritans pride

UnCategorized In September 1952, a black and white cocker spaniel named Checkers unwittingly saved the political life of then Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Richard Nixon. After being accused of improprieties relating to a secret political fund, Nixon declared on national television that he had been given Checkers by one of his backers. In a stroke of political genius, Nixon tugged at the heartstrings of over sixty million American viewers by adding "the kids, like all kids, love the dog and I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we are going to keep him." This address by Nixon would become known as "the Checkers speech". At the time of the speech, Checkers was relatively new to the Nixon household as the puppy had been presented to the Nixons in August 1952. Nixon could be forgiven for not knowing the puppy well, however this did not stop one political commentator from pointing out that Nixon had incorrectly referred to Checkers in his speech as male; the implication being Checkers, a female, was of no real importance to Nixon. However, a look on the internet reveals photographs of Nixon playing with Checkers. Checkers was born in unremarkable circumstances. And probably would have led an unremarkable life were it not for her foray into the White House. Regardless of Checkers’ notoriety, Cocker Spaniels are a popular breed – in the United Kingdom it is ranked second in popularity, after the Labrador Retriever. Cocker Spaniels are relatively easy to train as they are eager to please – they are a good choice for the novice dog owner. Although playful, companionable and social by nature, they make good watch dogs as they will bark at strangers. Cocker Spaniels belong to the gun dogs or sporting group, and alongside Setters and Retrievers, make great hunters and family pets. The Cocker Spaniel assists its hunting partner (owner) by tracking, flushing and retrieving game. Cocker Spaniels coats are silky and range in colour from pastel brown to black. Regular brushing is required. The life expectancy of a Cocker Spaniel is about 10-14 years. Checkers, born to a dam named Boots and sired by Ace, died in 1964 (aged 12) and is buried beneath a granite tombstone (lined with small American flags left by visitors) at Long Island’s Bide-a-Wee Pet Cemetery. A small topiary memorial of Checkers is located at the Richard Nixon Library in California. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: