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A Trip Through History: 10 Presidential Dogs

Friday, November 2, 2012
A Trip Through History: 10 Presidential Dogs
This Scottish Terrier became the president’s claim to fame, some might say.

Politics are heating up our nation! In the midst of campaigns, debating, and voting, let’s not forget some of the four-legged friends that helped make history along with our U.S. presidents.

Here’s a look at ten of the most memorable dogs in politics, in no particular order:

Dog's Name: Sweet Lips, Venus, Truelove, Taster, Tippler, and Drunkard

President: George Washington

Our nation’s heroic Commanding General and first-ever president was also a dog breeder! He grew up knowing the basics of animal breeding, and became the father of the American Foxhound breed. He raised several of these lovable companions throughout his lifetime and presidency.

Dog's Name: Millie

President: George H. W. Bush

Millie was once referred to as, “The most famous dog in White House history.” She was credited as author—with Barbara Bush as ghost writer—of Millie’s Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush. She was so memorable, a dog park in Houston, Texas was named after her.

Dog's Name: Liberty

President: Gerald Ford

Ever since her arrival to the Ford family at 8 months old, this dog took over the White House! She was wisely named “Liberty” after the spirit of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was also featured in parodies by actors and comedians.

Dog's Name: King Tut

President: Herbert Hoover

This dog followed his right-hand man all along the campaign trail before his presidency! In fact, many believed Kit Tut helped him to score points in the election. He was known for being the president’s companion around White House grounds and making friends with the guards.

Dog's Name: Rex

President: Ronald Reagan

During Reagan’s presidency, Rex helped grow the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed in popularity among our nation. Rex was known for steering clear of the Lincoln Bedroom in the White House, thought to possibly be inhabited by the ghost of Abraham Lincoln!

Dog's Name: Bo

President: Barack Obama

This dog was introduced to our nation’s most recent president by Senator Edward Kennedy and his wife. He’s a Portuguese Water Dog with distinctive white front paws and white fur on his chest. He’s a true American pup, stopping at nothing to chew on the president’s gym shoes.

Dog's Name: Yuki

President: Lyndon B. Johnson

This lovable, mixed-breed dog was found by L.B.J.’s daughter at a gas station on Thanksgiving Day. They named her after the word “snow” in Japanese. She won over the president’s heart and stayed by his side until he passed away in 1973.

Dog's Name: Buddy

President: Bill Clinton

This Chocolate Lab came into the president’s life at three months old. He was one of two pets, along with the famous Socks the Cat. Socks and Buddy had some minor differences, so they maintained their distance! Hillary Clinton was inspired to write the children’s book, Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets.

Dog's Name: Rob Roy

President: Calvin Coolidge

This Collie was a sheepherder from the state of Wisconsin. His first experience in an elevator was at the White House—he didn’t know what to make of the floor moving! He was best friends with Coolidge’s other dog, Paul Pry.

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