President Lyndon Johnson had two registered Beagles, Him and Her, dogs that he loved dearly. He was often photographed with them.
This picture taken in 1964 caused the anger of many dog lovers when he lifted Him by the ears while talking with a group of reporters and photographers on the lawn of the White House.
Like everything a President does, this incident was magnified out of all proportion and was the subject of many media stories and cartoons for weeks. Animal lovers condemned the President for cruelty.
The Texas Humane Society went on record stating, “…every Texan knows ears are for hearing, not for lifting.”
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