My honorable wife just showed me this from today's 'Parade' magazine, page 2:
"Q: Merv Griffin gave Nancy Reagan one of those Chinese wrinkle dogs. Why that breed?
A: Because Merv, 79, is extraordinarily fond of his own sharpei, Charlie Chan. He thought the newly widowed Nancy, 83, who'd met Charlie, could use a companion. Incidentally, Charlie - who enjoys traveling on Merv's yacht and private jet - has a restaurant named in his honor at Merv's hotel in Scotsdale, Ariz. Talk about a dog's life."
Thank you for the article. I had remembered seeing the picture of Merv, Nancy, and "Duchess" and being reduced to tears by it. What a lovely dog and what a lovely gesture on Mr. Griffin's part. I did not know the breed was the same as Merv's own "Charlie Chan".
Merv gets a big from me on this all the way around.