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Florida governor RETURNED the rescue
dog he adopted for his 2010 election
campaign a year later... after he´d won

Daily Mail [UK], by Beth Stebner

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/15/2013 7:40:13 AM

Rick Scott, the governor of Florida, rescued a Labrador retriever during the 2010 GOP campaign, but gave him back after he was inaugurated, it was revealed Monday. The Republican governor only had the dog, Reagan, for the duration of his gubernatorial campaign, and gave the retriever back after he was sworn into office. [Snip] Scott was routinely congratulated for adopting a rescue and not buying a purebred, such as President Obama’s dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog. However, reporters from the Tampa Bay Times noticed that Reagan had not been seen since Scott’s 2011 inauguration.

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Two sides to this story, of course, but I´m still not happy with Scott´s side.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: hot coffee, 1/15/2013 8:00:46 AM     (No. 9117198)

The dog has not been seen since Scott´s 2011 inauguration--are you sure Obama didn´t eat it?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 1/15/2013 8:01:51 AM     (No. 9117205)

Some years ago we also had to return a rescue dog. Occasionally it really doesn´t work out. This dog was so afraid of men she barreled right through a closed living room window to escape from my spouse! Then we found our current rescue dog and she´s perfect in every way. Adult rescues DO come with a lot of baggage, and you don´t always get the full picture of a dog´s background. Sometimes you can deal with it - sometimes you can´t.

How silly to use this as a backhanded criticism of a politician...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: cwg100, 1/15/2013 8:05:18 AM     (No. 9117217)

Maybe the governor found out, like others have, that there is can be a big financial down side to adopting a rescue dog. We found a sweet little dog at a shelter and brought him home in October. Love the little guy to death, but so far he´s cost us nearly $4000 in vet bills - one thing after another. Dogs turned in to shelters sometimes are turned in because their owners can´t afford to keep them healthy. Our little guy had a knee problem and bad teeth, developed an infection which nearly killed him, and then took to eating grapes, which are toxic to dogs. All told, we´d have been better able to afford a pricey but healthy thoroughbred pup. Yes, adopting an abandoned or stray animal is preferable to insisting on a thoroughbred, but buyer beware - sometimes the pricey health problems you can´t see are the reason why the dog was abandoned in the first place. Fortunately we have been able to absorb (so far) the huge vet bills and we wouldn´t trade our little white mutt for another dog of any price. Wondering if maybe Gov. Scott got blindsided like we did.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: 68BattleofBealeVet, 1/15/2013 8:06:48 AM     (No. 9117218)

There is a reason many dogs are in the rescue program and the behavior problems often don´t surface until you get them home and they settle in to their new environment.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Astounded!, 1/15/2013 8:22:09 AM     (No. 9117239)

Dog or no dog, I´m supporting Scott. He´s been a great governor. Our 30 Republican Governors are making a positive difference in their states and they´re our first line of defense against the marxist coup ongoing in D.C. Go Rick!


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Reply 6 - Posted by: provide, 1/15/2013 8:25:44 AM     (No. 9117251)

Sounds like the fate of Socks after Clinton left.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Jebediah, 1/15/2013 8:27:12 AM     (No. 9117254)

People don´t forget this kind of thing-------the dog was obviously "rescued" purely for campaign reasons, with no thought as to his quirks. I only hope someone decent adopted him (Reagan indeed!). Scott has truly damaged himself with this one......and his snotty staff don´t help matters with their attitude.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 1/15/2013 8:34:22 AM     (No. 9117268)

I had to return a rescue dog, and it broke my kids´ heart. Sometimes, their problems are insurmountable. Little Corky was a sweetheart of a dog, eager to please everyone. But he had an aggressive chewing problem, like off the charts! And Corky was a submissive pee-er. Whenever my husband or teen son would come close,Corky peed all over the place. We even had a doggie psychiatrist come work with us.

I now have two other dogs from the Humane Society, and they are just fine. Two sides to every story. At least Scott didn´t eat his dog like someone else we all know....

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Reply 9 - Posted by: rmagnus, 1/15/2013 8:38:18 AM     (No. 9117281)

What a perfect example of why great people don´t go into politics. Your relationship with your dog is fair game if you are a Republican.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: skedaddle, 1/15/2013 8:42:05 AM     (No. 9117290)

The article says he has one dog named Talle so was the returned dog a 2nd dog? It makes a big difference to the story and I can totally understand that there are plenty of dogs unsuited for life in a governor´s mansion. My own dog wouldn´t do well in a busy environment like that either. It´s a favor to the dog to help find it a quieter home more suited to its temperament.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: cartcart, 1/15/2013 8:46:02 AM     (No. 9117296)

I have no dog. Is that wrong of me? Who cares?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jir, 1/15/2013 8:49:42 AM     (No. 9117306)

We have 2 rescue dogs. Any other person would return our female rescue. We have struggled with her for almost 3 years. It is better to return a rescue if it does not work out. There is nothing wrong with this. Perhaps because Scott was involved in the election, he was not fully aware of the behaviors of his rescue.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Gale, 1/15/2013 8:51:43 AM     (No. 9117308)

Rescues can certainly cost more than a purebred but my initial $600 investment to improve the rundown condition of The Best Dog In the World, a border collie/corgi mix, turned out to be a lifesaving investment. That dog has given us the opportunity to walk an hour a day and discover our own hidden health problems that have now been addressed and fixed. He´s a very interesting and dear personality, thank God we found him at the Rescue Center.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bobgray2, 1/15/2013 8:57:16 AM     (No. 9117320)

#7 Why "obviously"? He was not in serious jeopardy of losing the election so there would have been no down side to not adopting a rescue dog in the first place. He and his family "obviously" tried to adopt a pet and for reasons known only to them, decided it was not going to work for them. We tried a rescue dog once and it became quickly apparent that the animal had some serious mental issues that could not be trained away. If you have young children in your home, you can not have a dog with behavioral problems.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: iamtinman, 1/15/2013 9:00:01 AM     (No. 9117326)

Whatever the reason Governor it was tacky, very tacky.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: msjena, 1/15/2013 9:06:01 AM     (No. 9117341)

I disagree that dogs in rescue programs have "behavior" problems. Many dogs (and cats) lose their homes when people die or are too old to care for them anymore, when people lose their jobs and can´t afford to feed them or have to move into an apartment that does allow pets, when they have a baby (yes, people do this) or when they just decide they don´t want a dog anymore (this, too). Purebred dogs have their problems, too, because of inbreeding. I don´t live in Florida, but I would not be happy with Scott if I did.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: pickle1, 1/15/2013 9:23:26 AM     (No. 9117372)

Does anyone ever think about working with these dogs instead of throwing them away?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: melman, 1/15/2013 9:26:11 AM     (No. 9117380)

Certainly better than what the Clintons did with thier election year dog.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: LouD, 1/15/2013 9:30:44 AM     (No. 9117391)

Obviously some posters here don´t realize that Scott has a dog. As others have said, some come with problems that are not revealed until one gets the dog home. Time for some of you to get real and realize that you know nothing of the situation other than what some "reporter" has written. As for those who think dogs can´t have problems, what world are you living in? Obviously you haven´t much, if any, experience with dogs.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: tocsin, 1/15/2013 9:43:42 AM     (No. 9117423)

I didn´t realize we could post from gossip, scandal rags like The National Enquirer s/

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Reply 21 - Posted by: SezzieBear, 1/15/2013 9:44:57 AM     (No. 9117427)

Those attacking Rick Scott for returning a shelter dog have obviously never had experience with shelter animals. I volunteer in two shelters and can say this happens more than people realize and for similar reasons. One example, recently, was a beautiful lab who had obviously been abused. He responded wonderfully to shelter workers but was returned twice for showing aggression towards the female in the household. The third time was a charm in this case, a single male who loved him and vice versa.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Bonbon, 1/15/2013 9:45:09 AM     (No. 9117428)

After reading the story and half of the postings I remembered a rescue we did. We are dog lovers and responded to an old friend´s request. Long story short, he was an Old English Sheepdog. Big, young and unruly. He bit me twice. Not hard but hard enough to hurt. We investigated more deeply and discovered that he had been kept tied to a grand piano during the day and had bitten the owner! Vet said that large dog+ biting+ young children was like a loaded gun on the kitchen table. We put him down. We were with him when he died. We all cried.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Catherine, 1/15/2013 9:51:54 AM     (No. 9117441)

# 3 - do you totally trust your vet? Our first one went bonkers with tests once to the tune of over $300. He didn´t even ask about some of them. I changed vets. Next bill was $60.

Both our dogs are rescue dogs. I can´t imagine life without them, although they do have that aroma dogs seem to carry no matter how much you bathe them or what you bathe them with. And don´t let the UPS truck rumble down the street......boy they hate that thing.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: pomom, 1/15/2013 9:52:29 AM     (No. 9117442)

I´m sure the governor has given a suitable explanation of why the dog had to be returned. Not everyone can have Cesar Millan around to help with their shelter dog´s problems. Being caged up can be bad on a dog´s temperment. Hope it works out for him.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: SnowQueen, 1/15/2013 10:00:21 AM     (No. 9117460)

Our rescue dog is sweet, but he can´t be left alone. He gets frantic and tries to chew his way out the door. We adopted a kitten to keep him company, and now he´s content when we go out.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: killerbee, 1/15/2013 10:00:39 AM     (No. 9117461)

So he has a dog, and he got a second dog from the rescue? Or he had to return the first dog and then got the other dog?

Seems like the dog was not suited to the lifestyle. And, if that´s the issue, rescues often don´t allow you to give the dog to another good home (remember the brouhaha Ellen Degenerous got into?), they want you to bring the dog back to them.

This is a non-story. The whole premise that he doesn´t care and used the dog as a prop he then got rid of is shot because it looks like he does have a dog.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: DaveFromTampa, 1/15/2013 10:08:17 AM     (No. 9117476)

Two things. This rag, the Tampa Bay Times, absolutely hates Scott. They run the so-called Politifact racket. In the same week as this story Politifact rated as half-true a claim made by Scott that Christ racked up $5.2B in deficits while Scott has tallied $2+B in surpluses on the budget. Politifact found some economist to say "Yes, that´s true, but you can also look at the numbers in a different way and in this calculation Christ rang up deficits of $3-4B and Scott has surpluses of $2B. Politifact rated Scott´s claim as half-true.

Seconnd point. Scott´s explanation on why they returned the dog is he was fine with Scott´s family but was scary aggressive to the staff at the governor´s mansion. Several staff like cooks and whatnot threatened to quit over the dog so they returned it.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: KingBubo, 1/15/2013 10:08:30 AM     (No. 9117478)

The stories that no one needs to read. Maybe it wa sa political ploy, maybe it was tempreament issues. If someone votes for someone because they have a dog, they shoudl be stripped of their voting rights and flogged in public square.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: fayebeck, 1/15/2013 10:30:09 AM     (No. 9117526)

"rescue" dog or cat or.....is another thing that irritates me. It´s another "look at ME" I CARE sorta thing. Now go ahead and label ME an animal hater.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: DARling, 1/15/2013 5:08:45 PM     (No. 9118487)

#20, I figured something like that. Having an animal at home and one at a governor´s mansion would be two different things. You have a lot more leeway in the family home than you do in a place on loan from the people of Florida.

Rick Scott has done some good things in Florida, but is eviscerated in the press. I even saw hateful comments about him in the articles disussing the death of his mother. Govs. Brown and Cuomo are presiding over bankrupt cesspools and taking away the consitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and you will never read a nasty word in the press about them.

Bill Clinton gave away poor Socks and got a dog because it was more "cool." Buddy ended up getting run over, didn´t he?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: DARling, 1/15/2013 5:09:49 PM     (No. 9118489)

Sorry, I meant #28.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: fritzilou, 1/15/2013 6:08:25 PM     (No. 9118609)

This is a ridiculous story. My father brought home a rescue dog many years ago. We were so excited. The first night the dog was sitting on my father´s chair; Daddy extended his hand to encourage the dog to get down and the dog bit him. Needless to say, the next day the dog was returned. It isn´t if the Scott family just used the dog, because they have a dog that they love. If you have one dog, another isn´t a problem unless it is abad match for your family........I learned that when I was a mere 7 year old.

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I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

´America´s royal baby´: How Chelsea´s first
child could give Hillary Clinton a boost in
the polls if she runs for president in 2016

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?


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