All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Murphy Brown Baldacci, Maine's First Dog

The governor's 10-year-old Springer Spaniel, Murphy Brown Baldacci, passed away this week. "Murphy lived a good life. She was well loved and loved everyone. She was the unofficial first dog," the governor said in a statement. An AP story mentions a few other four-legged Blaine House residents.
The best-known dog to ever live at the governor's mansion was Gov. Percival Baxter's beloved Irish Setter, Garry. When Garry died in 1923, Baxter ordered flags to be flown at half-mast at the State House in the dog's honor, drawing protests from veteran groups.

Gov. Ralph Owen Brewster, governor from 1925-29, had a dog that could entertain guests by snapping a dog biscuit from its nose to its mouth, according to "The Blaine House," a book by H. Draper Hunt.

In the 1930s, Gov. Louis Brann had a dog named Bing, and hung a portrait of the dog at the Blaine House, the book says. And in the 1940s, Gov. Horace Hildreth had two dogs and a pony that was kept in a barn behind the residence. [Link]
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