The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

Michael D Hig­gins’s Ber­nese moun­tain dogs, Shadow and Bród, are be­ing hailed as his se­cret weapon, charm­ing vis­i­tors – such as the Ir­ish Women’s hockey team, right – as they slouch into ev­ery photo But he is not the first pres­i­dent to keep ca­nines in Áras an Uachtaráin. Éa­mon de Valera – usu­ally seen as an aus­tere fig­ure – kept two Shet­land col­lies, Nessa and Bran. Over in the US, Don­ald Trump is the first pres­i­dent in decades not to have a dog. In fact he uses the word ‘dog’ as a term of abuse. Maybe Shadow and Bród are the rea­son he can­celled his visit.

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