"Anderson Live" introduced us to the newest Marine mascot, an English bulldog named Chesty. Right now he's a recruit, but in the near future they will have a ceremony in which he'll become Private Chesty, the 14th of the U.S. Marine Corps. He'll have a service record book, a rank and a uniform just like any other service member. Capt. Jack Norton, who brought Chesty onto the show, said that English bulldogs are "kind of cranky and tough to get along with, but at the same time they're very resolute and are going to get done what you need them to get done. So what better mascot for the U.S. Marines than an English bulldog?" But as you can see, it didn't take long for Chesty to get along with Anderson Cooper!
This current line of Chestys goes back to the 1950s, and a vetting process to choose the right dog involved a number of breeders in the Washington, D.C, region. A responsible family with a very good reputation for breeding was selected. Chesty will be stationed in Washington and will participate in a lot of ceremonial performances and parades. He will also serve as a morale booster for the Marine Corps.
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