Heard on the Hill: Top Dog No More

Posted April 16, 2009 at 12:20pm

With all the hype surrounding celebu-dog Bo Obama, one might forget Washington’s original favorite Portugese water dog, Splash Kennedy.[IMGCAP(1)]Splash, whose owner, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), helped the first family adopt Bo, even wrote a book back in 2006 about a top dog’s life in the capital. But Splash’s tome, “My Senator and Me: A Dog’s-Eye View of Washington, D.C.— isn’t making much of a splash these days: It’s now a bargain-priced book on Amazon.com, where, according to the bookseller’s sales rankings, it’s only the 43,861st best-selling book. Splash might take comfort in the fact that it is the 13th best-selling bargain book geared to kids ages 4-8. And Splash’s publisher, Scholastic, is standing by its dog — but indicating they might like to see Bo Obama as an author, too. “Splash will always have a special place in our hearts here at Scholastic,— says Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic Trade Publishing, who says Splash’s book helps kids understand the government “in a unique and fun way.— Berger adds that Bo could make like his master and ink a book of his own. “Maybe one day Bo will give us a look at life in the White House,— she tells us. Sorry Splash — we could have told you it’s a dog-eat-dog world in this town. Can’t get enough HOH? Get a midday dose of fun and gossip with HOH’s One-Minute Recess, delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here — because everyone deserves more recess.