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Abraham Lincoln Obsessed Over His Dog and Other Animals

By Garry Rogers @Garry_Rogers

Abraham Lincoln Obsessed Over His Dog and Other AnimalsGarryRogers:

Always knew there was something special about Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln Obsessed Over His Dog and Other Animals

Abraham Lincoln Obsessed Over His Dog and Other AnimalsOriginally posted on Emilio Cogliani:

When he was elected to the White House in 1860, Abraham Lincoln left his beloved dog Fido with friends.

And it turns out Lincoln was like more than a few of us whose pets have run of the house these days: He also left to those friends the dog’s favorite horsehair sofa on which to nap, as well as a long, specific list of rules for how Fido was to be treated during his waking hours. For example, Fido was not to be scolded if he came inside with muddy paws, and he was to be fed from the dinner table.

Lincoln’s attitudes and relationships with animals were in some ways ahead of their time. Matthew Algeo, author of the new book Abe & Fido: Lincoln’s Love of Animals and the Touching Story of His Favorite Canine Companion, paints a picture of Lincoln as a deeply compassionate and…

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