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Throwback Thursday: bad dog

Handsome Dan VII posed with the first Dan for our October 1949 cover. We described him as “a frisky, seven months old, solid white, blue-blooded English bulldog.” He was later forced to retire at age three because he was “ill-tempered”—a trait that had been celebrated in the first Dan but was unsuited for postwar Yale. HD VII found a second career as a watchdog on a Florida estate.


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