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Tributes to Senator Ted Kennedy, Dog Lover

August 27th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Senator Edward Kennedy passed away August 25, and many eulogies are being offered for his public service by people on all sides of the current political debates.  But some people are remembering Senator Kennedy for his legendary love for dogs.

Author Christy Keith at Pet Connection has a lovely tribute to the late senator in which she describes his devotion to his dog Splash – a devotion all true dog lovers will recognize in themselves.

In the National Journal Online, Senator Judd Gregg recalls spending hours negotiating with Senator Kennedy on policy matters in Kennedy’s office.  And Senator Kennedy’s dog Splash would always be there, locked away with the lawmakers as they debated the issues.

A Seattle Times piece recalls Senator Kennedy’s final days, including his “sacred” morning ritual that included “scratching the bellies of his beloved Portuguese water dogs, Sunny and Splash.”

The Los Angeles Times notes that Senator Kennedy is remembered by many as a dog lover and an animal advocate, stating that the senator was influential in passing animal welfare legislation, including laws aimed at preventing dogfighting and cockfighting and legislation that protected farm animals.

Senator Kennedy penned the children’s book “My Senator and Me:  A Dog’s Eye View of Washington, D.C.” which the Times calls “an introduction to the political process aimed at elementary-aged kids” told from the viewpoint of Splash.

And of course, Senator Kennedy recently gave us our new First Dog of the United States when he presented Bo, a Portuguese water dog, to President Obama and his family as a gift.

The Los Angeles Times piece sums it up very well:

Say what you will about Sen. Ted Kennedy — he certainly had his share of faults — but the man sure did love animals.  We’re thinking today not just of the human family he left behind, but also of Sunny and Splash, who we’re sure are among those who will grieve the most for their master.

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