Peter Franchot
Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot presents a proclamation and medallion to "Nathan" the Bloodhoound and his owner Heather Helmer on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (Photo: Maryland Office of the Comptroller)

Franchot has gone to the dogs

What do Gov. Martin J. O’Malley and “Nathan” the Bloodhound have in common?

If you guessed that they both received a treat from Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot then you win a Milk Bone.

Franchot went to the dogs Tuesday—literally—when he traveled to Queenstown Tuesday to honor “Nathan” with a proclamation and comptroller’s medallion in honor of becoming the first of his breed to win the Best in Breed title at the Westminster Kennel Club and a “mantrailer” title.

Awarding the proclamation and medallion to a pooch is a first for the comptroller and also for Nathan, better known in the show ring as Flessner’s International S’Cess.

“I’m very proud to present this proclamation to a great source of pride for the State of Maryland,” Franchot said in a statement. “Watching him on television, you could tell the crowd at Westminster was in his corner, and needless to say, so was I. Nathan the Bloodhound is 135 pounds of pure personality.”

The medallions are specially minted for Franchot and he only gives them out on special occasions. He gave one to Gov. Martin J. O’Malley in November sans the scratching behind the ears. Oh well, by the look on Nathan’s face it would appear that’s the governor’s loss.

We here at Eye on Annapolis suspect that once Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller finds out about Nathan, he’ll be reaching out to ask about obedience training for Franchot. You may remember  Miller’s unsuccessful attempt in January to get Franchot to heel.

At least he’s housebroken.

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