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 Spee-De-Bozo

Spee-De-Bozo

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Death 24 May 1934 (aged 11)
Burial Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 1827 · View Source
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Pet of J. Edgar Hoover, FBI Director. On May Day 1972, J. Edgar Hoover returned to his residence after a full day's work at FBI headquarters, had his supper then spent thirty minutes in the back yards roughhousing with his two Carin terriers and retired for the day. He would die peacefully in his sleep. After receiving his first dog as a child from his parents, he was never without one, owning many in his lifetime becoming an affectionado and especially knowledgeable in fine breeding of pedigrees, mainly Carin terriers and Beagles. He gave away many to famous people...to especially fond of dogs, President Herbert Hoover and later to President Lyndon B. Johnson, a beagle which was named J. Edgar in his honor and would become the only White House dog to appear in the American Kennel Club's record book after capturing a second place finish in the Chambersburg, Pennsylvania Beagle Club Trials in 1966. J. Edgar was a replacement gift for one of Johnson's famous beagle duo's dubbed "Him and Her." (Him was run over and killed on the White House grounds." However, his most famous pet was called Spee-De-Bozo, a Carin terrier which arrived on the scene a few years before Hoover assumed the mantel of Acting Director of the FBI in 1922. The dogs name was probably conceived from his own moniker, as Hoover was called Speed because of his dexterity in performing his duties when employed as a grocery delivery boy at age twelve. Bozo was kept at a simple two story stucco house located at 413 Seward Square located only three blocks behind the Capitol building, the residence of Annie Marie Hoover his mother. Hoover would live here for forty-three years finally leaving after her death. Secrecy surrounded the animal as he was never seen in public nor photographed. Bozo was deemed a possible source for harm or punishment if captured to the Director who was constantly under death threats. Hoover was especially particular about his food. His favorite breakfast was a poached egg on toast. Heaven help the cook if the egg was broken, he refused to eat it and Speed Dee Bozo became the recipient while another egg would have to be prepared. Bozo would live for a total of 12 years and his master would affectionally have him interred at Aspen Hill Memorial Park & Animal Sanctuary in Maryland. He would be joined by six others before his own death.

Bio by: Donald Greyfield


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Spee-De-Bozo (3 Jul 1922–24 May 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1827, citing Aspin Hill Memorial Park, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .