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The dogs (a lot) of Camelot

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A newly published book reveals that John F. Kennedy had nine of them.

No, not mistresses. (Get your mind out of the gutter.) We’re talking dogs, of course — a topic that, when it comes to U.S. presidents, has always been one of great public interest, though it has never gotten quite the media attention that their extra-marital dalliances receive.

The 35th president’s pack is the focus The Dogs of Camelot: Stories of the Kennedy Canines, which features a number of previously unpublished photos and never-before-told stories.

Through cooperation with the Kennedy Library, authors Margaret Reed and Joan Lownds were able to present the compilation of stories and photos about the Kennedy’s canines, who never got the publicity other White House dogs did, due mainly to Jackie Kennedy’s penchant for privacy.

The photos and accounts provide a deeply revealing look into the Kennedys, their character and compassion, and the role dogs played in their lives — both at the White House and at their home in Cape Cod, where they were when the photo at top, featuring most of the pack, was taken.

One account in the book relates to how JFK, before making a decision on the Cuban Missile Crisis, asked to see his favorite dog, Charlie, a Welsh terrier, pictured below in front of the White House with Pushinka, gifted to the Kennedy’s by Nikita Krushchev curing the Cold War.

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If you are wondering how Charlie and Pushinka got along, this next picture provides a clue. It’s Pushinka with the litter she had, sired by, you guessed it, Charlie. (And you thought this post was going to be sex free.)

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The newly released photos include one of a young John Jr., playing with one of the Charlie-Pushinka pups.

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Many include the camera-shy Jackie, including this one of her at the White House with Clipper, the German shepherd who was her constant companion.

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(Photos: Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

Comments

Comment from Miss Jan
Time July 29, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Most people outside the equestrian commuity are unaware that Jackie’s first and foremost passion was horses. Many more photos previously unpublished are in the book The Private Passion of Jackie Kennedy Onassis: Portrait of a Rider. Gorgeous book, but long out of print.

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