Friday, February 12, 2016

Abraham Lincoln's Love For Animals (Especially Cats and Dogs) Wins My Vote!

Abraham Lincoln and Dixie

Since it is Abraham Lincoln's birthday today I thought I would do a little research to learn about his history with pets and was pleasantly surprised to learn that one of his favorite hobbies was to spend time with cats. He loved cats so much that when he visited General Grant at City Point, Virginia, in March of 1865 the civil war was drawing to a close and the enormous task of reuniting the country lay ahead yet the President made time to care for three kittens! As soon as he learned that their mother was dead he made sure the kittens would be fed and that a good home was found for them.

Lincoln was given an unexpected gift of two kittens from Secretary of State William Seward and named them Tabby and Dixie. It was reported that he once fed Tabby from the table during a formal dinner at the White House. Now that's my kind of guy!

Abe Lincoln’s compassion extended to dogs, too. Fido was a mixed breed with floppy ears and a yellowish coat. When fireworks and cannons announced Abraham Lincoln’s victory in the Presidential election of 1860 Fido was terrified. The Lincolns were worried that the long train trip to Washington, D.C., combined with loud noises, would terrify Fido so he decided to have neighborhood boys, John and Frank Roll, along with their father, John Eddy Roll, take care of Fido during his term in office.

Mr. Lincoln made them promise to let Fido inside the house whenever he scratched at the front door, never scold Fido for entering the house with muddy paws, and feed him if he came to the dinner table. The Lincolns even gave the Rolls their sofa so Fido would feel at home!   

Fido poses on top of a wash stand at F.W Ingmire's Photography Studio 

Shortly before the Lincolns left for the White House, they took Fido to F.W. Ingmire's studio in Springfield to have his picture taken so that the family would have something to remember him by.

Reassuring news regarding Fido came from Illinois late in 1863. On December 27, 1863, the president’s Springfield barber, William Florville, wrote the Lincolns a letter saying, “Tell Taddy that his (and Willy's) dog is alive and kicking doing well he stays mostly at John E. Rolls with his Boys who are about the size now that Tad & Willy were when they left for Washington.”

I've always admired Abraham Lincoln but now that I know how much he thoughtfully took care of his own pets I admire him even more. What about you?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Maddox the Min-Pin Has Been Lost Since Christmas Eve, 2012! Could You Help Him Find His Way Home?

Hello Everyone, 

Could I ask a favor of you to please send this plea for help to find Maddox on your Facebook page? I wrote about his escape shortly after he ran away from a friend's home on Christmas Eve 2012 but according to his Facebook page he is still missing and needs all the help he can get. Thank you!


March 25, 2013  

How far would you go to find your missing pet? For me, I've gone to great lengths to find my tabby cat, Henry, when he nudged his way out of a poorly screened-in porch years ago by frantically hanging posters throughout the city, knocking on neighbor's doors with a photo of Henry in hand, posting an ad on Craigslist, registering Henry as missing on several on-line pet search sites, visiting area animal shelters, etc, and after all of that effort Henry arrived safely at my back doorstep six days later.

  I was one of the lucky ones to have Henry back in my life within a short time period but Jackie Vestal has been searching tirelessly for her 7-year-old miniature Pinscher, Maddox, since Christmas Eve after escaping from a friend's garage while she and her husband were on vacation.

 As soon as Jackie and Brandon were alerted of Maddox's escape they rushed to Oklahoma City to find him but to no avail so Jackie took a leave of absence from work to dedicate her time to finding her beloved dog and quickly set up a Facebook page, Twitter account, and website (Bring Maddox Home)to gain support from the public.  

Maddox's parents are in need of your support so would you please let them know you are crossing your paws for them today?