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George Washington Loved Dogs So Much, He Called A Truce To Bring A Terrier Home Safely

by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

As a dog lover, I always find it gratifying to learn that one of my heroes feels the same way about pups as I do!

As it is, I have a hard time to imagine anyway who doesn’t love dogs — who could say “no” to a face like this, after all? — but astonishingly, there are people who are not fond of dogs.

Fortunately, they are far, far outnumbered by people who love dogs and would do just about anything to help a dog in distress.

Included among those heroes? Our nation’s very first president, George Washington.

These days, he’s most famous for leading troops across the Delaware River and possibly (but probably not) chopping down a cherry tree, along with that small matter of leading our nascent nation into the brave new world.

Less well-known is Washington’s adoration of dogs of all shapes and sizes, a personality trait that is criminally underreported by most high school history textbooks!

In fact, George Washington loved dogs so much that he called an entire battle to a halt for one tiny, very scared, terrier pup.

It was the middle of the Revolutionary War, and a handful of Washington’s soldiers found a dog wandering loose in the battlefield.

They brought the dog back to camp, where Washington read the unlucky pooch’s collar and made a historic decision that will endear him to dog lovers all over the world!

Check out the adorable video below to learn more about Washington’s epic battlefield decision, and don’t forget to SHARE this incredibly sweet historic moment with friends and family!

Thumbnail Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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