If Gov. Rick Scott didn't know this before, he sure knows it now: If you're in politics, your dog can make you or break you.
A hilarious story in the Tampa Bay Times tells how the Scott family's photogenic but slightly psychotic Labrador, Reagan, failed to work out as a gubernatorial dog and was discreetly gotten rid of.
Reporters found out and it became a DefCon 5 situation for Scott's communications staff but all questions about the old dog and, yes, the replacement dog, were answered. And Scott dodged the bullet that nearly felled Mitt Romney: a negative dog story.