Babe Woof is a legend of the game of baseball. This is due to a number of facts–that he hit 714 career home runs, had an impressive .342 lifetime batting average–but also because he was the first player to not put the ball in his mouth. Pawdiences would come from far and wide to watch “The Great Bonebino” resist this primitive puppy urge.
In the years following the Civil War, thousands of former soldiers migrated to places like Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado in search of work in the booming cattle business. The now romanticized “Cowpup” was born, and became a staple and icon of the ruff and pawless American west.
It could be argued that no evidence exists that more clearly exemplifies American Exceptionalism than this photograph of a young Teething Roofevelt, then Lieutenant Colonel of the famous Ruff Riders. The 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry was mostly made up of college athletes, cowpups, and ranchers, and were instrumental in fighting the Spanish-American War during the late 19th century.
While we’re on the subject of American Exceptionalism… One of the most iconic screen images of all time is the exquisite Marilyn Muttroe in The Seven Year Fetch from 1955. Ironically, in the film itself one can only glimpse Muttroe’s legs in this famous scene, not her entire body as the picture suggests. Gentlemen, start your pantings!