Who could love an ugly mug like the one on this bulldog? Anita Baldwin, daughter of Arcadia’s first mayor Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin, certainly loved her English bulldogs. She proudly displayed her affection by kissing her English bulldog on its forehead at the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show in 1916 and stated, “I have been breeding dogs for the last two years and I like their company better than that of people….Men are not consistently faithful—dogs are (San Francisco Chronicle, April 27, 1916).”
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Arcadia Public Library.
In this c. 1915 picture above, we see Anita Baldwin, one of her prize-winning English bulldogs, and an unidentified dog handler. Anita Baldwin was a serious dog breeder and dog exhibitor. In addition to English bulldogs, Anita Baldwin also exhibited English Sheepdogs, a Russian Wolfhound, and an Airedale Terrier. Anita Baldwin was well known for her love of animals and served as Chairman and Sponsor for the Los Angeles Branch of the American Red Star Animal Relief, an organization similar to the Red Cross, except that it served the medical needs of dogs, mules and horses.