All the Presidents’ Dogs | High Country News

All the Presidents’ Dogs | High Country News

Dogs playing on the lawn

If there was a First Dog in the White House, what sort of mutt would fit the bill? Sturdy Pit Bull? Law-enforcement Shepherd? Border Collie? History professor Andrew Gulliford envisions the perfect dog breed for Donald Trump…

It’s been nearly a year, and I’m not the only one concerned that the 45th U.S. President still does not have a proper canine companion. He desperately needs somebody nonpartisan to tweet about.

Russian Wolfhound or Borzoi
Russian Wolfhound or Borzoi (Photo: Pixabay)

If only there could be a First Dog to romp on the White House lawn… what sort of mutt would fit the bill… Sturdy Pit Bull? Law-enforcing Shepherd? Border Collie? My pick would be the Russian Wolfhound, AKA Borzoi.

However, history professor Andrew Gulliford has another vision of the perfect dog breed for Donald Trump. You’ll never guess!

“I’m not sure why so many rural Westerners voted for President Donald J. Trump. He doesn’t drive a pickup with a gun rack. He doesn’t wear Levis or Wranglers, and his hairstyle certainly wouldn’t work in a Wyoming wind. He’s never fixed fence, bucked bales, cut wheat or field-dressed an elk. But most important, he doesn’t have a dog, and he needs a canine companion in the White House, especially since his wife, Melania, apparently plans to stay for months in Manhattan with their son.

What’s the de facto bachelor president going to do? He’ll need a warm heart and a cold nose to come home to. Who’s going to bring him his slippers and fetch his newspaper? Oh, I forgot. He doesn’t read the news. No matter. He still needs a dog…”

Andrew Gulliford

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