Meet the Pets of AJPS – #DogsInPoliticsDay


Every day, week, and month on the calendar marks an official holiday, but few combine the American Journal of Political Science editorial staff’s love of politics and their pets like Dogs in Politics Day. The day may be slightly better known as National Checkers Day in commemoration of the then-Vice-Presidential candidate Richard Nixon’s famous “Checkers speech” delivered to a national television audience on September 23, 1952. In the speech, in response to the questionable use of political funds, Nixon outlined his personal debts (in detail), cemented his place on the Republican ticket, and introduce his family pet. From the speech:

“One other thing I probably should tell you because if we don’t they’ll probably be saying this about me too, we did get something-a gift-after the election. A man down in Texas heard Pat on the radio mention the fact that our two youngsters would like to have a dog. And, believe it or not, the day before we left on this campaign trip we got a message from Union Station in Baltimore saying they had a package for us. We went down to get it. You know what it was.

It was a little cocker spaniel dog in a crate that he’d sent all the way from Texas. Black and white spotted. And our little girl-Tricia, the 6-year old-named it Checkers. And you know, the kids, like all kids, love the dog and I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we’re gonna keep it.”

This bit of that famous speech solidified Checkers’ position in the Nixon family and also gave us, 65 years later, an opportunity to introduce you to the furry members of our families. These, the pets of AJPS, help us keep our patience, our humor, and our schedules.

Meet the Pets of AJPS
AJPS Editorial Intern Jessica A. Schoenherr of Michigan State University shares that her pups Emma and Jack are most fond of her husband, but they are still the loves of her life. Their political leanings remain undisclosed to protect their early career aspirations.


Schoenherr’s pup Emma


Schoenherr’s dog Jack

AJPS Editor William G. Jacoby introduces us to his pets. He says, “The cats are Hobart and Adelaide – they’re independents (of course, because they’re cats). Monty and Lily are from Ontario, so they are committed Liberal party supporters.”


Jacoby’s cats Hobart (front) and Adelaide.


Jacoby’s Dalmation Monty


Jacoby’s Dalmation Lily

And, finally, because it takes a village to support a journal from publishing to public engagement and mailing lists, we’d also like to introduce (clockwise from top left) Wiley Executive Editor Michael Streeter’s Great Pyrenees Lily (taking a break from reading “Master of the Senate” by Robert Caro covering Lyndon Johnson’s time as Majority Leader in the Senate), MPSA Membership and Communications Director Melissa Heeke’s pup Rhubarb “Ruby” Ginsburg, and MPSA Member Services Specialist Meegan Isenhour’s pack Hope, Kooper, Maya, and Rosie.


Clockwise from top left: Lily, Ruby, Hope, Kooper, Maya, and Rosie


An Invitation to Introduce Your Pet: In recognition of that famous speech, please take a moment to introduce your pet on this AJPS Facebook post. If you need a reason to consider adopting a pet, the CDC shares this list of health benefits; additionally, Inside Higher Ed has shared several perspectives through the years on the advantages of pet ownership.

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The Editor of the AJPS is at Michigan State University and the Editorial Office is supported by
the Michigan State University Department of Political Science and the School of Social Sciences.

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