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Power Pooches

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Power Pooches

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From greyhounds to rottweilers, man's best friend is one status symbol that shows some heart.

President Harry S. Truman is often quoted as having said, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." It's advice that hasn't been ignored.

Presidents since Washington have had dogs, and they've been more than just companions - they've become secret political weapons. In 1952, no less sneaky a politico than Richard Nixon used his cocker spaniel, Checkers, to deflect the allegations of a secret slush fund. Eight years earlier, a speech about his dog contributed to Franklin D. Roosevelt's being elected to a fourth term.

"Politicians are grounded in family life," explains upscale D.C. groomer Aleta Elsayed, "so dogs have long been a part of their world."

The entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley also see the allure. 001429 cofounder Richard Klein has two bicoastal bulldogs, which he shares custody of. "They shed very little, and they're a little stubborn, which I appreciate," Klein explained. …

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