Anyway, the reason that we like to remember Mr. George Washington is because he was a very famous general in the army during the Revolutionary War, and after that he was the very first president ever of the United States. Which means that President Washington's dogs were the first First Dogs in the entire history of our country.
Mr. Washington kept diaries and wrote letters, and he used to write about his dogs and the way he was trying to make better foxhounds. He had more than 30 hounds, and he made lists of all of them by name. Three of them were called Drunkard, Tipler, and Tipsy. I don't think Mr. Washington really let his dogs get drunk, but maybe I am wrong about that.
The slaves who lived at Mt. Vernon were not allowed to have dogs. If they were caught owning a dog, they were punished, and the dog was hung. This seems very mean to me, especially the part about hanging the dog, because it wasn't the dog's fault who owned him. The reason Mr. Washington didn't want his slaves to have dogs was because he was afraid they would train the dogs to steal things. Here's what Mr. Washington wrote one time in a letter: "It is not for any good purpose Negroes raise or keep dogs, but to aid them in their night robberies, for it is astonishing to see the command under which their dogs are." Which just goes to show that African-Americans were really the first "dog whisperers" in America!