One day, while out walking with Sweet Lips, Washington caught the attention of Elizabeth Powel, wife to the wealthy Philadelphia mayor Samuel Powel, who stopped him to ask him about his dog, with both of whom she was clearly impressed.
"His movements and gestures are graceful, his walk majestic, and he was walking with a tall, exceedingly graceful dog of the hound type as he strode down Walnut Street," she wrote.
After that chance encounter, Elizabeth invited Washington to have dinner with her and her husband, who immediately saw his potential as a leader. Samuel then introduced him to other powerful and wealthy figures in Philadelphia who were equally impressed with Washington's intellect and athleticism -- and of course, his dog. In return for their acceptance, Washington would gift many of them his home bred Virginia hounds.
When it came time to raise a Continental army to mount a revolution, the confidence Washington instilled from these important relationships won their important support that saw him unanimously selected as the nascent fighting force's commander, and later on the nation's founding president.