WINSTON CHURCHILL, DOG LOVER
Among the most famous purebred dog fanciers was Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.
A brilliant statesman,
politician and strategist, he led Britain to victory in the Second World War. He
is remembered for his extraordinary strengths during the worst of times and for
his humbling human weaknesses. He “had heart” and incredible courage but it was
his heart that failed him after a series of strokes. Then, in 1962 a bad fall
Sir Winston was everything mankind seeks to be while at the same time
representing that no man is perfect.
He was an avid animal lover who kept fish, cows,
pigs and swans on his estate. He is best known for his bulldog Dodo and a brown
poodle named Rufus. Whereas he liked to pose with his “British Bulldog” making
the breed synonymous with strength, courage and determination, like any true
dog-man, he was rarely without a dog at this side.
Many would say he is synonymous with the term English Bulldog.
One of his favorites to take
out-and-about was his poodle Rufus. Rufus was often seen with the Prime Minister
until he was struck down by a car in 1947. Missing his go-everywhere dog, the
newspapers ran headlines when he got another dog which looked very similar to
Rufus and named him Rufus II.
While making no secret of his love for animals, he was openly critical of
Mohammedanism which he said. "...is as dangerous in a
man as hydrophobia in a dog." Over a century later political
scholars would agree with Britain's Prime Minister. See
Winston Churchill died at age 90. He was only the second commoner to have a
lying-in-state. Over 300,000 people lined up to pay tribute to “The man who
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