Well…if you wanted to… you could do the same! Being honest… I virtually ran through the living quarters of the first family on the second floor of the White House…I’m just obsessed with the transition of power…and the move-in…move-out of the “House of the People”. So, I ran through that second floor like a golden streak, sniffing every corner and checking for crumbs. Don’t miss this slice of history that I dug up for you…as we approach the 58th Presidential Inaugural.
My favorite retriever…canine moments were on the “Grand Staircase”…when I was ripping and tearing…skittering on those marvelously carpeted marble steps…I was in awe of the impressive list of folks that have taken those stairs. I took pause…ok… little golden humor :).
Meow! Yes, that is where this is going. My golden retriever whiskers want you to read some feline facts about cats who lived in The White House...beginning with Thomas Jefferson all…the way through to George W. Bush. I personally enjoyed learning that “Once, during a winter visit to General Grant’s headquarters, Lincoln rescued three half-frozen kittens from a Civil War battlefield telegraph hut. He tucked them in his coat and brought them back to the White House to join Tabby before finding a good home for them.” Tabby was Tad’s cat, Lincoln’s son.
Just think…rescuing animals has been going on since people have cared. Now…now that is a hopeful ending. Meow and peace peeps.
There’s a dog bone cache of rich tidbits…history snippets… about the White House that is simply fascinating. Take for instance, the baking & construction of the gingerbread White House…it’s been a long-standing tradition since the 1970’s…and through the years the house keeps increasing in square footage. Each year White House chef’s at Christmastime, prepare a ginger model of the “people’s house” for the touring public to see and do the ooh-awh moment. It’s a grand tradition.
Now I would love to wrap my dog lips around a piece of that sweet creation, but dogs really have to be careful with the ginger intake. Dang, there are so many things from the peeps world that are limiting for dogs. I’m requesting with a golden tone…some homemade dog biscuits please…and thank you.
So…going forward…light the golden flames of joy in your heart, make some cookies and remember:
“Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. ”
― Washington Irving
It’s time for giving thanks…using a grateful heart…remembering the good…continuing to seek the kindhearted deeds.
So, I’m wanting to reach back into the rich history of our great American struggle and thank Dolley Madison, First Lady to our 4th President of the United States, James Madison.
During the War of 1812, the British invaded Washington DC and set fire to the White House and the Capitol. President Madison knew of this planned assault, leaving post-haste, to lead his troops…leaving Dolley to evacuate to safety. She refused to leave without the bold and standing portrait of George Washington, painted by Gilbert Stuart. She had the frame busted and broken in order to free the treasured piece of art, rolled the canvas up and at last fled for safety. Word has it that she left in such haste, that her dinner was still on the dining room table…the British rolled in… ate her food and then burnt down the house.
A heart-felt thanks to Mrs. Madison for preserving this masterpiece for us all. Go visit this Lansdowne painting that hangs majestically in the National Portrait Galley in Washington, DC. Be sure to give a golden thank you to Dolley while giving thanks that Great Britain and the United States are true allies and good friends.