— Domani Spero
In late November, Bangor Daily News reported that Secretary John Kerry flew into Maine to pick up his new yellow Labrador puppy, Ben from Frances Plessner of Puddleduck Boarding Kennel who raises Labrador retrievers and trains dogs professionally.
According to the Boston Globe, the dog is named Ben in honor of Ben Franklin, who’s known as the “Father of the American Foreign Service” and for whom the State Department’s diplomatic state dining room is named.
The State Department tweeted the photo below:
Of course, Purina noticed and tweeted the following. Great timing, you guys!
On December 11, Secretary Kerry’s birthday, we got another look at Ben, yearning politely at those cookies!Of course, you know what’s going to happen next, right? The State Department forgot to get Ben his own Twitter account. And now a State Dept.Dog @DogDiplomat parody account is up and running. The Twitter account started tweeting 12 hours ago and already one reporter @JPecquetTheHill “concludes, “he’s not nearly as well behaved as Bo.” Uh-oh.
@DogDiplomat’s first tweet dished WaPo’s In The Loop’s suggestion of “Undersecretary for Biscuits.” Nope, did not like that. And he wasn’t very diplomatic either. There are early indications that the State Dept Dog has a colorful vocabulary, too. Hopefully his tweets won’t be all about pee and Castro’s dog’s balls. For a newcomer on Twitter, he has been busy:
Too early to tell how long @DogDiplomat can stay entertaining. We hope he stays nice and funny; sad to say but we need some more nice and funny.
Of course, in the spirit of being nice, when @DogDiplomat tweets, “I’m going over to Bo’s place tomorrow and we’re going to rip the place apart. If I see Keith Alexander I’m going to bite him,” we thought we probably should warn that Keith fellow. But then we realized who that guy is, and figure, since his NSA shop knows everything already, they’ll know when to expect @DogDiplomat’s bite.
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- Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Maine to pick up new dog (bangordailynews.com)
- John Kerry Is Getting a New Puppy (abcnews.go.com)
- John Kerry shows off his new dog (politico.com)
- Meet John Kerry’s new puppy (washingtonpost.com)