N is for Newfoundland
James Buchanan (1857-1861), Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877), and Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881).
President James Buchanan enjoyed the company of a Newfie named Lara. There is very little information about her but she reportedly weighed around 170 pounds and had a strange habit of sleeping with one eye open. Because photography was expensive and most people had never seen a Newfoundland, a hand drawn picture of Lara was published (see below) so the public could see what she looked like. As a result, she became a minor celebrity.
First Son Jessie Grant was given a Newfoundland named Faithful when his father entered office. Because Jessie was heartbroken over the earlier death of his other dogs, President Grant sent the message out to his staffers: “If this dog dies, every employee in the White House will be at once discharged.” I’m fairly certain Faithful was very well cared for!! (vintage illustration of a newfie)
President Rutherford B. Hayes had a Newfoundland named Hector, but not much is known about him. (representative photo)
There was one other Newfie in the WH but I’m saving him for another day!!
Before we move onto Caturday Art Mom wants to apologize for not responding to all your wonderful comments – She’s planning on reading them all this weekend!! And, now on with the show – er, art!!!
We made the art using Fotofunia!! Enjoy your Caturday!!
Cat Blogosphere Blog Hop! (Link to be added later!)