Ideal for intimidating political opponents, keeping them calm on the brink of war and, of course, strengthening charisma Factor too … Susan Hope walk through the corridors of power with the top dogs in history
Winston Churchill with Rufus II
He may have been famous for his bulldog spirit, but Churchill had a weakness for poodles. A few months after the death of his beloved pet Rufus in 1947, who was killed by a bus during a conservative Brighton party convention, the former Prime Minister received another French poodle, which he called Rufus II. The dog ate with the rest of the family in the dining room at Chartwell, Churchill's house in Kent, and no one was allowed to start until the butler had served Rufus' meal. In fact, Churchill was so aware of his pet's well-being that once when he saw the movie Oliver Twist with Rufus, Churchill covered Rufus' eyes during the scene where Bill Sikes was about to drown his dog Bullseye and said: Don't look now, dear. I'll tell you later. "
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
As a big dog fan, the US President had nine during his time in the White House. When the Cuban Missile Crisis began in 1962, it was his favorite, a Welsh terrier named Charlie (far right), whom Kennedy called into the hectic "war room" to help him relax. When Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave Kennedy's daughter Caroline a puppy because of the political tensions at the time, Pushinka – as the dog was called – had to be checked for listening devices before he was allowed to move into the White House.
Vladimir Putin with Angela Merkel and Konni
His love for dogs is well documented, so it may come as no surprise that in 2007, when Russian President Putin met Chancellor Angela Merkel at his residence in Sochi, his big black Labrador Konni joined them. However, Merkel, who has been afraid of dogs since being bitten by one in the 1990s, looked extremely uncomfortable. Putin later denied rumors that he had used his pooch to intimidate her. Konni died in 2014, but Putin owns several other dogs, including a Sarplaninac puppy named Pasha, which was given to him by Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic in January.
The Obamas with Bo (right) and Sunny
After US President Barack Obama promised his daughters Malia and Sasha to get a dog after the election, he made good on his promise when Bo joined the family at the White House in 2009, followed by Sunny in 2013. The Portuguese water dogs became like this ask the press to get their own schedules like the president. In her recent memoirs, Michelle Obama revealed that the dogs were like substitutes for their daughters. "Knowing that Malia and Sasha were banned, the White House communications team asked the dogs to make official appearances," said Michelle. "They were excellent ambassadors, insensitive to criticism and without being aware of their own fame."
Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Lucky
The dog of US President Lucky came to the White House in 1984. According to First Lady Nancy, Lucky grew from a "fluff ball" to a "pony size". The pooch was a Bouvier des Flandres, a powerful breed, and there are many pictures of Reagan walking Lucky – or rather being dragged after him – including one with former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1985. Lucky (from Nancy to Honored by her named mother, Edith Luckett & # 39; Lucky & # 39; Davis) later lived at the Reagans Ranch in California.
George and Laura Bush with Barney
George W. Bush
The US President and First Lady Laura owned the Scottish Terriers Barney and Miss Beazley. According to her daughter Jenna, Barney, who died in 2013, was a real idiot. She said, "He didn't like strangers and he actually bit my father's friend – not once, but twice." When President Putin met Barney, Bush clearly felt that the Russian was not impressed. A year later in Moscow, this suspicion was confirmed when Bush said: "Putin introduced me to his dog – a giant dog that jumps across the lawn – and he said:" Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney. "
Emmanuel Macron and Nemo
The French President and his wife got their Labrador Griffon from an animal shelter in 2017. According to the rules of the Central Canine Society of France that pedigree dogs born in 2017 should have a name that begins with "N", they called him Nemo. The dog hit the news later this year when he was filmed during a government meeting urinating on a fireplace in the Elysée Palace.
Harold Wilson and Paddy
Former British Prime Minister Paddy’s golden Labrador was wrongly accused of stumbling and nearly drowning his master while on vacation in the Isles of Scilly in 1973. Wilson fell overboard as he tried to get out of his dinghy and had to be rescued by passersby.
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