Did you know that George Washington helped create the American Foxhound breed? Or that he was such a dog lover that in the middle of a Revolutionary War Battle, a dog belonging to British General William Howe wandered into Washington's camp and Washington stopped the battle and ordered the dog returned, with a note on its collar that read, "General Washington’s compliments to General William Howe, does himself the pleasure to return him a dog, which accidentally fell into his hands, and by the inscription on the collar, appears to belong to General Howe." General Howe soon returned to England and expressed his support for the colonists' fight for freedom.
Abraham Lincoln also had a beloved yellow dog named Fido. Because Fido did not like crowds, the Lincolns decided to leave him in Springfield, IL, with his neighbors the Roll family, rather than taking him to the White House. Lincoln left strict instructions as to Fido's care, specifying that he was to live in the house as a member of the family. When Lincoln was assassinated, John Roll brought Fido back to his original Springfield home to say goodbye.
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