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Posted on 08/25/2012 12:03:35 PM PDT by KeyLargo
Tongues Are Wagging After Snub of Pentagon's Top Dog Leads to Marine Corps Promotion
Some Say Chesty's Conduct With Defense Secretary's Golden Retriever Was Unbecoming; Pats From the Commandant
WASHINGTONThe Marines won't say it out loud, but everyone knows that Cpl. Chesty got promoted to sergeant this summer not for being a good Marine, but for his in-your-muzzle confrontation with the top dog in the Pentagon.
Just two weeks before his promotion, the Marine Corps mascot, an English bulldog formally known as Chesty XIII, had a run-in with Bravo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's golden retriever. Chesty, usually known for happily mugging for photos with kids, revealed his inner grunt when he spotted the larger dog at the conclusion of a pomp-filled military parade held in honor of the Pentagon chief. Chesty growled, barked and ignored his choke-chain of command as he went nose-to-nose with Bravo.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his dog Bravo with Chesty in May.
As Chesty's growl erupted into an angry bark, an officer urgently whispered in the ear of his handler, Sgt. Chris Harris: "Keep the leash tight."
That kind of breach of decorum at the headquarters barracks, where the top generals and their wives reside, could have been career-ending for most Marines.
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SEMPER FI Chesty!
Sometimes dogs really are smarter than people.
No doubt the Golden was a Lib!
What a well written story..just perfect!
Sgt. Chesty, the commie sniffing canine! LOL
“Left unspoken: The very act that made Chesty’s promotion controversial also made it more likely.
“Immediately after the parade in honor of Mr. Panetta it became clear that going muzzle-to-muzzle with the 75-pound golden retriever was going to enhance Chesty’s reputation in the ranks.
While Mr. Panetta was present, the top Marines displayed embarrassed grins and laughed nervously. But after the boss left, the high-fives and atta-boys broke out. Far from being denied his traditional post-parade Milk-Bone, the bulldog found himself the object of warrior admiration. Even Gen. James Amos, the Marine commandant, approached Chesty and said, “Good job.”
Thanks, pen, after this week of political madness I REALLY needed that :D
I love Chesty!
ruff ruff meets ooh-rah
AAARRRR - RUHH!
Right. Chesty is a strong bulldog. He embodies toughness not only marines but a lot others. I have seem them represented many times. Maybe the handler didn’t know what he was doing and I am pretty sure Leon didn’t. If Chesty was going to attack, he would have.
I notice that the reporter never mentions the fact that Leon Panetta is a corrupt, Communist crook who is about the last guy in the country who should have been appointed to his position as Secretary of Defense.
A typical Obama appointment, in fact.
But I’ll bet that’s one reason why the Marines are chuckling about this.
He has no control over his dog. He let the dog run out in front of him to get in Chesty's face. Note that the dog's leg is over the leash, and all he's wearing is a flat collar.
With a strange dog (especially another male), Panetta should have had his Golden at a tight "heel". And if he can't keep him there, he needs to (1) put a prong collar on him; and (2) go back to obedience school.
Btw, at my son's graduation from Boot Camp, Chesty wouldn't "sit" and had to be "placed" by his handler. But bulldogs are stubborn.
>> He has no control over his dog. He let the dog run out in front of him to get in Chesty’s face.
>> and all he’s wearing is a flat collar.
And notice the correct P placement of Chesty’s choker.
Well, looks like it rolled to the top. Happens.
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