In the 1980s and 1990s, President George Bush and Secretary of State James Baker used “I don’t have a dog in that fight”. It means “I don’t have an interest in this matter.” It is not known where or when the saying originated.
In an article written April 8, 1995, Elyria (OH) Chronicle-Telegram, pg. C8?:
Haley Barbour, says: “I am not as dumb as I look .. I ain’t got a dog in that fight.”
An October 23, 1996, New York Times article, pg. A25 writes:
"...How do New Yorkers pick a dog in this fight?"
Well, you get the picture.
A slightly altered use of this comment comes from a well respected, supplier diversity manager for the leading supplier of networking equipment and network management for the Internet, who said "We have a dog in that fight", referring to a recent legal (malpractice) action brought against an attorney, alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, malpractice and fraud by a group of heirs to property belonging to their family since the end of the 19th century.
Thus, the name of this site.
These days we are bombarded with pit bulls with lipstick, pigs with lipstick, dog-fighting and so on. So to get your attention, we'll "get on the bandwagon" of slogans and universal themes. hopefully we don't loose sight of the simple message that these days you and I may have to fight for not only our rights to pursue, but the right to keep that which you already have or own.
This message is to encourage those family members (both vested and not yet vested) facing this legal battle that promises to be shaping up to be long, contentious and expensive, We have a dog in that fight.