A few months ago I posted an article about developers who are trying to get approval for building houses a little further up the road we live on. For reasons I wont go into, I am not protesting the plans, but on a walk last week my dog Rex had a comment when he passed the property.

When I wrote this post I thought about the election of 1944 when FDR defended his dog. It was part of a great speech but the below paragraph of the speech is enough. Roosevelt was accused of leaving his dog behind on the Aleutian Islands. I don’t know whether it is true but of course Mitt Romney got some bad publicity about airing out his dog on the roof of his car. My dogs wouldn’t mind it at all and would probably like the adventure but no I’m not going to do it on the off chance I run for President at some point in the future!

“These Republican leaders have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife, or on my sons. No, not content with that, they now include my little dog, Fala. Well, of course, I don’t resent attacks, and my family doesn’t resent attacks, but Fala does resent them. You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I had left him behind on the Aleutian Islands and had sent a destroyer back to find him – at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three, or eight or twenty million dollars- his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since. I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself – such as that old, worm-eaten chestnut that I have represented myself as indispensable. But I think I have a right to resent, to object to libelous statements about my dog.”

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