The Seven Greatest Dogs in History

TLDR This episode explores the stories of some of history's most famous dogs, including Lord Byron's dog Boson, Nixon's dog Checkers, Greyfriars' Bobby, Hitler's German shepherds, Gellert, Queen Victoria's dog Lutie, and Cuthbert Collingwood's dog Bounce.

Timestamped Summary

00:00 Lord Byron's friend John Cam Hobhouse wrote a moving tribute to his dog, Boson, and Byron himself wrote a poem about the dog, marking the theme of today's episode on the seven greatest dogs in history.
05:02 Nixon's "Checkers speech" saved his political career after he revealed that his family had received a dog as a gift, similar to a speech given by Franklin D. Roosevelt about his dog Fala.
09:35 Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech about his dog Fala, and Nixon's adaptation of the story in his "Checkers speech," resonated with middle America and inflamed Democrats.
14:02 Greyfriars' Bobby, the faithful dog who followed his master's remains to Greyfriars' churchyard and stayed there until his death, became the subject of a heartwarming story written by Eleanor Atkinson, which later inspired films and adaptations, although there are some elements of the story that may not be entirely true.
18:33 Mike Macbeth, president of the Canadian Dandy Dinment Terrier Club, proposes that Greyfriars' Bobby was actually a Dandy Dinment Terrier named Old Ginger, which challenges the existing stories about the famous dog.
22:54 Hitler's devotion to animals, particularly his German shepherds, humanizes him in a unsettling way and intensifies the fact that he destroyed millions of lives without care.
27:46 The story of Gellert, a dog owned by Llewellyn the Great, who was mistakenly believed to have killed a baby and was tragically killed by his owner as a result, is a moving and sad tale.
32:35 Queen Victoria receives a picanese dog named Lutie as a gift after the sack of the summer palace in China, but unfortunately, she doesn't take good care of the dog, feeding it offal and eventually ignoring it until its death in 1872.
37:10 Cuthbert Collingwood, a naval hero, had a dog named Bounce who accompanied him on his naval trips, but didn't like loud noises and would hide during battles, and after the Battle of Trafalgar, Collingwood elevated Bounce's status, but Bounce eventually drowned and Collingwood was devastated.
41:38 After Bounce's death, the crew on Collingwood's ship gave him a burial at sea and then got a new dog named Bounce who stayed on board even after Collingwood died.
46:29 Rantantin, a Hollywood star dog, had 48 puppies and was buried in a pet cemetery in France, while Rintington, another famous dog, predates Lassie and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
51:04 The hosts conclude the episode on history's greatest dogs and tease the next episode on the fall of Saigon and the legacy of the Vietnam War in 70s America.
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