Throwback Thursday: Fido, The First Photographed Presidential Dog

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons. Coloring by OldPups.com.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons. Coloring by OldPups.com.

This Thursday, we’re throwing it way back to 1861. Abraham Lincoln, upon leaving Springfield to begin his job as the 16th President of the United States, decided that his beloved dog Fido would not enjoy the loud hustle and bustle of Washington D.C., so he entrusted him to the care of a close friend and neighbor. It was hard for the President to part with his dear old friend, but it was even more difficult for Lincoln’s two youngest sons Tad and Willie, who demanded that a picture be taken of Fido for them to remember him by, in case they never saw him again. Hence, the existence for the above photograph, taken by a local Springfield photographer shortly before the Lincoln’s left Springfield for good. Sadly, Fido and his former master never met again, due in large part to Lincoln’s untimely death in 1865. Fido joined him in the afterlife the following year.

Weird Wednesday: Identical German Shepherds Invade Rural Town Attraction

Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Wapakoneta, Ohio
Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Wapakoneta, Ohio

Occasionally on Wednesdays, we’ll be featuring stories that are…well, weird. Back in 2007, a roving band of mostly friendly–not to mention identical–German Shepherds invaded the grounds of the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio. No one is quite sure where they came from, or where they went next, but the marauding pack of benign canines spent over twenty minutes at the museum, sniffing the grass, and climbing the moon-shaped dome encasing the Astro Theater, the museum’s main attraction. This incredibly strange story was relayed to us by former groundskeeper James Dailey, who was sadly the only witness to the affair, and didn’t think to take any pictures, hence this poor Photoshop rendering. We tried to follow up with Mr. Dailey about his experience, but sadly he committed suicide last week while a patient at the Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare Facility in Athens, Ohio.

Two-for-Tuesday: Immortal Amigos

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For our first ever Two-for-Tuesday, we’re featuring the perennial pair, Dynamite and Fletcher. These two boundless buddies have been pals for what feels like an eternity, and their undying devotion toward each other grows stronger every day. They first met in an area of space now known as Bode’s Galaxy around 5000 BC, and have been inseparable ever since. They now spend their days playing in the lower atmosphere of Byzene, a gaseous orb heretofore undiscovered by man.