This President’s Day post is about the Black & Tan Coonhound and American Foxhound stamp that was issued on September 7, 1984, as well as some history of these breeds alongside the United State’s founding fathers.
Imagine my surprise, a typical day at work, where a piece of mail comes across my desk that has MY DOGS as the stamp! I could not believe it! My boss allowed me to keep the envelope so I could save the stamp (photo above) and I decided to do some research on how my dog’s breeds – Black & Tan Coonhound (Ben) and American Foxhound (Cooper) – ended up together on an American stamp.
Commemorative dog stamps were issued in New York City to coincide with the American Kennel Club’s 100 year anniversary. These stamps represented eight breeds and five AKC dog breed groups. The Black & Tan Coonhound and American Foxhound represented the hound group. This commemorative dog stamp set also included a Beagle with a Boston Terrier, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever with a Cocker Spaniel, and an Alaskan Malamute with a Collie. The stamps were designed by Roy Anderson.
Some fun historical facts about the USA’s Presidents and their Black & Tan Coonhounds and American Foxhounds include that the United State’s first President, George Washington, actually had four Black and Tan Coonhounds! Their names were Drunkard, Taster, Tipler, and Tipsy. A very interesting choice of names…haha. George Washington is also credited by the American Kennel Club for being one of the people to develop the American Foxhound breed! He had wanted to create a new American hunting dog, he is quoted with saying he wanted to breed “a superior dog – one that has speed, sense, and brains.” He did this by breeding his Black and Tan Coonhounds with French hounds that he had received as gifts, to create the American Foxhound. Washington was an avid hunter and kept many dogs at his home in Mount Vernon.
As well, the United State’s third President, Thomas Jefferson, was a Black and Tan Coonhound enthusiast! Thomas Jefferson is quoted saying: ‘How one deals with their Coonhound’s slobber is the most telling way of how one deals with everyday problems; after all he is your best friend.’ I would say the USA had some very great founding fathers.
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