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Some of History’s Most Unexpected Plot Twists

Some of History’s Most Unexpected Plot Twists

Khalid Elhassan - February 22, 2021

Despite the best laid plans of military commanders, few things are as chancy as war. Once the fighting starts, matters often take a path of their own, full of unexpected twists and turns that nobody had imagined ahead of time. Following are thirty things about some unexpected twists from the history of warfare.

Some of History’s Most Unexpected Plot Twists
George Washington riding after his hounds during a hunt. Journal of the American Revolution

30. George Washington’s Love of Dogs Led to an Unexpected Truce

Most American presidents have been dog people. Even the ones who might not have been that fond of dogs have often found it convenient to keep a mutt or two in the White House for appearances’ sake, and to project a wholesome image. However, few American presidents were as fond of Man’s Best Friends as was George Washington. America’s first president was a big time dog lover. During his lifetime, he had dogs from just about every group recognized by the American Kennel Club today.

Some of History’s Most Unexpected Plot Twists
‘The Return From the Hunt’, by J. L. G. Ferris, depicting George Washington greeting his family after a day spent hunting. Library of Congress

Spaniels, terriers, greyhounds, French hounds, Newfoundlands, and Briards were just some of the breeds that were kept by Washington at one time or another. He maintained a pack of fox hunting hounds in a well kept kennel that had a spring running through it to supply the dogs with fresh water. He personally inspected twice it a day, every morning and evening, when he dropped by to check on his hounds. As seen below, Washington’s love of dogs even led him to call an unexpected truce during the Revolutionary War, in order to return an enemy’s lost dog.

Some of History’s Most Unexpected Plot Twists

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