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America’s first pet

In its 239-year history, America has been involved in 222 years of fighting. Only a handful of presidents served during times of no war. Talk about boring administrations, eh?
It seems that most presidents are remembered for their wars. George Washington and the Revolutionary War. James Madison and the War of 1812. James Polk and the Mexican-American War. George W. Bush and the War on Grammar.
Some years after the Civil War, General William Tecumseh Sherman is credited with having said, “War is hell.”  About three generations later, after World War II, Harry S Truman remarked “Peace is hell.”
I’m not an expert in the dichotomy of hell, but I do know that whereas the road to hell is paved with good intentions, it is not traveled by the best of us. By “us,” I mean those among us who are truly the divine gifts to civilization. Dogs.
Seriously, is anything more beatific than a dog?  Even Pope Francis agrees with Goldcrest Films that all dogs go to heaven.
Maybe that’s why ol’ Tecumseh never became president. He didn’t own a dog!  Who wants a president who doesn’t have a companion destined for the pearly gates?