Who Was That Shivering Doggy in the Window? Ted Cruz's Poodle Snowflake Ignites Social Media

Sunday February 21, 2021
Originally published on February 20, 2021

It was weird that the way Sean Hannity learned the truth about Ted Cruz's Excellent Cancun Adventure because it came from Cruz himself, reported the Daily Mail. On Hannity's Thursday night show, the host threw softball questions at Cruz about him being a dad doing the right thing for his daughters and that he was always planning just an overnight trip. But Cruz corrected him, admitting that he always had planned to stay through the weekend.

At first Cruz agreed with Hannity when the host said, "You went and you took your daughters to Cancun and you came back. I think you can be a father and be the senator of Texas all at the same time and make a round-trip quick drop-off trip and come home." To which Cruz nodded in agreement, saying: "Well, Sean, that's right."

Moments later he contradicted himself when explaining the timeline of his trip. Cruz said: "So last night I flew down with [my daughters] to the beach and then I flew back this afternoon. I had initially planned to stay through the weekend. But as I was heading down there, you know, I started to have second thoughts almost immediately because the crisis here in Texas, you need to be here on the ground."

The reason for this honesty could be that Cruz was aware that the New York Times was publishing emails sent from Cruz's wife inviting friends to join them on the Cruz family's luxury weekend jaunt. "Text messages sent from Ms. Cruz to friends and Houston neighbors on Wednesday revealed a hastily planned trip," wrote the Times. "Their house was 'FREEZING,' as Ms. Cruz put it — and she proposed a getaway until Sunday. Ms. Cruz invited others to join them at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancún, where they had stayed 'many times,' noting the room price this week ($309 per night) and its good security. The text messages were provided to The New York Times and confirmed by a second person on the thread, who declined to be identified because of the private nature of the texts."

But Cruz's concerns for the freezing residents of his Houston home didn't extend to the family poodle, Snowflake, who was left behind in the residence located in Houston's uber-rich River Oaks neighborhood. When reporter New York Magazine's Intelligencer reporter Michael Hardy took a drive to the house on Thursday morning he found the "white, Colonial Revival—style mansion looked dark and uninhabited," according to his report. "But then I heard barking and noticed a small, white dog looking out the bottom right pane of glass in the senator's front door. Had Cruz left his dog behind?"

Hardy identified the dog from one of Cruz's Facebook posts that showed "a rescue puppy named, aptly enough, Snowflake (gender unknown)." Whether the dog is a poodle is under debate, Hardy wrote. "Some on Twitter have questioned whether the dog is in fact a poodle, suggesting alternative breeds such as a Bichon Frise. I couldn't get close enough to tell, and I'm no canine expert, but "Ted Cruz's poodle" just sounds funny."

After posting the pic, Hardy wrote, "all hell broke loose" on social media. "People tagged the ASPCA and PETA. Then there were what I have come to call the Poodle Truthers. "Where's the snow and ice?" "I don't think this is really @tedcruz house, where's the snow?" I tried to explain that after two sunny, 40-degree days, the snow and ice had melted, but some continued to insist the photo was fake."

Like many in social media, Hardy saw Cruz leaving his dog behind in the cold house as a bridge too far. "For most, though, especially Texans like me who have suffered through a week without heat or water in freezing overnight weather, the notion of Cruz leaving his dog behind to hit the beach was all too much — especially the thought of the power being out when they left."

Others agreed in social media: