So on the tail end of Obama's interview on ABC News' This Week with George Stephanopoulos, I probably joined 25% of America in trying to find out what a Portuguese Water Hound looks like exactly. Turns out it was nothing like what I expected.
"Their great swimming ability and webbed feet enabled them to take messages between boats and to aid the villagers in handling the nets in the water, as well as "herding" the fish into the nets. They caught any fish that escaped from the nets, and would dive into deep water to retrieve lost articles and "men overboard." These dogs are credited with good sight and scent, announcing a school of fish from their place in the bow...Sitting in the bow during heavy fog, they served as a predecessor to the foghorn, barking continuously to warn others of the boat's presence. "