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Senator Ted Kennedy Remembered As Dog Lover

Regardless of what you thought of Sen. Ted Kennedy one thing can't be disputed, he loved dogs. Throughout his long political career he worked on...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Aug 28th 2009


Regardless of what you thought of Sen. Ted Kennedy one thing can’t be disputed, he loved dogs. Throughout his long political career he worked on a variety of legislation to protect the welfare of animals.

(L.A. Times) Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, wrote today that Kennedy was “a stalwart ally over the years on a wide range of legislation to protect companion animals, farm animals, animals in research and wildlife,” adding that the senator from Massachusetts was instrumental in the passage of animal welfare legislation including laws that cracked down on dogfighting and cockfighting, protected horses and other farm animals, and sent chimpanzees once used in medical research to sanctuaries.

The two pups closest to his heart were his own Portuguese water dogs, Sunny and Splash. His dogs were the impetus behind his book “My Senator and Me: A Dog’s Eye View of Washington, D.C.,” which introduces young kids to the political process. The book is told through Splash’s viewpoint, making it both a fun and informative read for children.

Even if Sen. Kennedy’s political viewpoint differed from your own, and you didn’t respect him as either a man or politician, he diligently fought for the rights of animals. For that, we should be grateful.

*Pic courtesy Steven Senne / Associated Press

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