George the dog lover.
No, not our George, the other one whose birthday it is. I ran across an article on dogster talking about what a dog lover George Washington was. Here is the story.
"WashingtonÃ¢ÂÂs affection for dogs is vividly illustrated in an incident that occurred during the Revolutionary War. It was when American forces were trying to contain British General William HoweÃ¢ÂÂs troops, who had occupied Philadelphia. During the Battle of Germantown, which was not going well for the Americans, Washington was encamped was encamped at PennibeckerÃ¢ÂÂs Mill.
On October 6, 1777, a little terrier was seen wandering the area between the American and British lines. New York City. It turns out that General HoweÃ¢ÂÂs little terrier had somehow gotten loose and had become lost on the battlefield. The dog was identified from its collar, and brought to Washington. His officers suggested that he might want to keep the dog as a sort of trophy which might weaken the morale of the British general.
Instead he took the dog into his tent, fed him and had him brushed and cleaned. Then, to the surprise of everyone, Washington ordered a cease fire. The shooting stopped and soldiers on both sides watched as one of WashingtonÃ¢ÂÂs aides formally returned a little dog to the British commander under a flag of truce."
Nice to know, eh? Happy Birthday George Washington.
George Washington and one of his favorite dogs.