Friday, November 30, 2012

Book Review: "Dogs of War" by Kathleen Kinsolving

This entertaining collection of dog stories features the following three dogs:

 President Franklin D. Roosevelt - Fala (Scottish Terrier)  
FDR taught him to stand on his hind legs whenever "The Star Spangled Banner" was played.  Fala traveled everywhere with FDR.  For the most part, FDR was the only one allowed to feed Fala by hand after Fala had gotten ill from eating too much rich food.  Fala even dis every trick he 
 knew to impress Winston Churchill.  

General George S. Patton - Willie (Bull Terrier)    
General Patton found Willie in England during World War II.  He the was the General's constant companion, but Willie was not fond of other dogs.  He even had a brief skirmish with the next featured dog, Telek when Eisenhower visited Patton.  

General Dwight D. Eisenhower = Telek (Scottie)  
Telek was named after Telegraph Cottage, a vacation spot, and  and Kay, his driver, with whom he became good friends.  The extent of their relationship is not detailed, but he did say to her  "I don't know what I'd do without you".  As with the other two dogs,  Telek was Ike's constant companion, and he was known to leave "puddles" in inconvenient places.   Telek was also interviewed for a newspaper. :)

 I grew up owning dogs, but you do NOT have to be a dog lover to appreciate these heartwarming, entertaining stories of three well-known dogs and the companionship they provided to their owners. A very endearing book that also includes photos of the three, which makes it easier to relate to their stories.


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