Susan Milligan a columnist for the Boston Globe interviewed Senator Kennedy and (Splash) in May /2006 regarding the publication of his children’s book My Senator and Me: A Dog’s-Eye View Of Washington, D.C. In her column that was published on May 7/2006 she wrote that Senator Kennedy just returning from a Senate committee hearing was cooing at Splash “Do you know how much I missed you? Do you KNOW how much I missed you?” as Senator Kennedy threw a tennis ball, sending Splash running around the office before settling next to the senator to begin their interview.
” My Senator and Me” is is narrated by Senator Kennedy’s beloved Portuguese Water Dog, Champion Amigo’s Seventh Wave (nicknamed Splash). The reader follows Senator Kennedy and Splash through a busy day in D.C., from press conferences to meetings with school groups to committee discussions to a floor vote. “My Senator and Me” is illustrated in ink- and- watercolor by Caldecott Medalist Small.
“My Senator and Me: A Dog’s-Eye View of Washington, D.C.(dvd/video)
Senator Kennedy hitting tennis balls to Splashy behind the Capitol
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy hitting tennis balls to his Portuguese water dogs Sunny and Splash on Capitol Hill was a familiar site to passerbys. He would typically do this on a grassy area near his office in the Russell Building or, if he had time before work, on a field near the entrance to the FDR Memorial. The image of Kennedy in person was even more startling when his white dress shirt was soaked with sweat and he was carrying a bag of dog poop. Splash and Sunny accompanied Ted Kennedy everywhere; to his senate office and even to George Bush’s Whitehouse.
When Senator Ted Kennedy suffered a seizure on Saturday, May 17, 2008 which led to a quick visit to Cape Cod Hospital and a medical helicopter flight to Massachusetts General Hospital, home base for Harvard Medical School; “his morning had begun like so many others. He had used a tennis racket to hit balls to his and Vicki’s two Portuguese water dogs, Splash and Sunny. ( Last lion: the fall and rise of Ted Kennedy By Bella English, Peter S. Canellos, Globe Newspaper Co)
Senator Edward Kennedy and his wife Vicki leaving Massachusetts General Hospital(Wednesday, May 21/2008) with their much loved Portuguese Water Dogs Splash and Sunny after a biopsy revealed that the senator has a malignant brain tumor:
Senator Edward Kennedy, his wife Vicki, and their two Portuguese Water Dogs Splash and Sunny arrive at Hyannis Port(May 21/2008) after his biopsy:
Kennedy said in a Vanity Fair interview in 2006, when asked about his idea of perfect happiness: “Sailing on Mya(his sailboat) with Vicki at my side and my dogs, Splash and Sunny, at my feet. And, of course, a Democrat in the White House and regaining our majority in the Senate,”
Senator Kennedy, Vicki, Splash and Sunny going for a sail May 2008:
Ted and Vicki Kennedy returning from a sail with Splash and Sunny:
Senator Kennedy campaigning for Barack Obama in Maine with his two portuguese water dogs; Splash and Sunny
On Wednesday December 22/2010 Splash passed away. Vicki Kennedy, said in an e-mail announcing his death: “At Teddy’s side, Splash became a world-class fetcher of tennis balls and a meeter and greeter of presidents, senators, congressmen and even foreign dignitaries,”
From the PETA FILES:
In the wake of evacuations following Hurricane Katrina, during which people were often forced to leave beloved companions behind, Sen. Kennedy co-sponsored the PETS Act, calling for disaster plans to include animals. “I wouldn’t leave the house without Sunny and Splash,” he said. “It’s no surprise that so many people in New Orleans flat-out refused to be rescued if they couldn’t take their pets with them.”
In his more than four decades in the Senate, Kennedy proved to be a strong voice for the protection of animals. Animal-friendly legislation championed by Sen. Kennedy included bills to curtail the overuse of antibiotics on farmed animals, end commercial whaling and the illegal trade in whale meat, prevent the slaughter of horses in North America, validate non-animal methods for testing products and chemicals, and raise the penalty for forcing dogs, roosters, and other animals to fight to the death from a misdemeanor to a felony.