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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dogs Do The Talking In D.C.

Even in the offices of a United States Senator, it seems. In today's New York Times (the Op-Ed section no less) is a charming piece by Colin H.P. Buckley, who gives us the inside scoop on his job in the late Senator Edward Kennedy's office. Buckley, an Irish Catholic born and raised in Boston, grew up idolizing the Red Soxs and the Kennedy brothers. So, when he moved to Washington to attend grad school, he was determined to get a job in the Senator's office-dreaming of his future role as an advisor, or even speechwriter for the man he so admired.

Well, he managed to get a job as an intern in Senator Kennedy's office and was assigned such duties as "making copies, keeping records and answering phones." Then one day his luck changed, and he was assigned to respond to correspondence addressed to "Splash", the Senator's Portuguese Water Dog, who frequently accompanied the Senator to work. (Note: It was Senator Kennedy who gave Bo, a Portuguese Water Dog, to President Obama and family as a gift).

At that time (about five years ago), Senator Kennedy had penned a children's book titled "My Senator and Me", that "depicts a day in the life [of the Senator] from Splash's perspective." The book included an e-mail address "where curious young readers could reach the supposedly computer-savvy Splash." And you guessed it, Mr. Buckley became the voice of Splash, ending each reply e-mail with "Woof, Woof!! Splash." See! Even Senator's dogs have assistants- hehehhe.  Enjoy reading the full piece here:

It turns out that Splash passed away in December, a little over a year since he lost his master ( or pack leader, as we prefer to say.) And today would have been Senator Edward Kennedy's 79th birthday.


Anonymous said...

RIP splash...its so often that once the owner passes the canine follows.

Trixie, Lily, and Sammy-Joe said...

Well we are happy that the two of them will be together again now!

Agatha and Archie said...

We saw this too and got a little sad.....But we know that Senator Kennedy is throwing him tennis balls over the bridge so that made us feel better.... Love you to bits A+A

FANCY the Red Standard Poodle said...

Hi Y'all,

Enjoyed Splash's story.

Y'all come back now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Asta said...

Thank you fow that stowy. We awe so happy that Splash is once again wif his beloved pack leadew. We loved them bof
smoochie kisses

Pup Fan said...

Aw, great post. Thanks for sharing it!

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