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 Pets Who Lived in the White House
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Pets and Halloween ●White House Pets    


Over the years the presidential families have had a variety of animal living in the White House. Some of these furry friends have been beloved household pets, companions to the president, playmates for the children or working livestock. Although first pets can sleep anywhere in the White House that the family wishes most keep their pets out of the public rooms.  Being a "first pet" makes the animal very special and they are not only loved by their owners but they are loved by the general public as well.  Usually members of the White House staff help to care for the pets.   Most animals live in the families private quarters but others have had dog houses on the South Lawn. So far out of the 44 Presidents of the United States there are only a few, Chester A. Arthur, James K. Polk and Franklin Pierce who left no record of pets.  

Legendary Animals and their Famous Owners:

President Barack H. Obama has  black and white Portuguese Water Dog name Bo.    This adorable dog was a present to Sasha and Malia from Senator and Mrs. Ted Kennedy.

President George W. Bush had a number of pets in the White House.   India was his beautiful black cat.  Spot was his English Springer Spaniel.  She was the daughter of Millie, former President George Bush's dog, and was born in the White House on March 17, 1989 and passed away while George W. was in office.  Barney was the President's adorable Scottish Terrier, who was a gift from New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman to Laura Bush.  Lastly, Miss Beazley, also a Scottish Terrier, was a birthday present from the President to Mrs. Bush in 2005.

President Bill Clinton is known for his pet Socks the cat.  An adorable black and white that enjoyed a special room in the East Wing and was very popular. He also had Buddy a Chocolate Labrador Retriever.

President George Bush had a Springer Apaniel named Millie and one of her puppies named Ranger.  Millie was the first dog is author a book.

President Ronald Reagan owned  Lucky a Bouvier des Flandres who grew too big and was sent to live on their ranch.  She was replaced by Rex, a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.

President Jimmy Carter owned a dog named Grits that was given to Amy from her teacher but later returned and replaced with Misty Malarky Ying Yang, which was Amy Carter's Siamese cat

President Gerald Ford had a dog that was named Liberty, a Golden Retriever.  Liberty had puppies while living in the White House and went with the president to the Oval Office.   They also had Shan, Susan Ford's Siamese Cat.

President Richard Nixon owned an Irish Setter named King Timahoe,  a Terrier named Pasha and a Poodle named Vicky.

President Lyndon B. Johnson  was not real creative with naming his pets.  He had Beagles named: Beagle, Little Beagle, Him and Her.  He had a White Collie named Blanco and a mixed breed named Yuki.

President John F. Kennedy had a variety of pets for his young children. At the White House they had three dogs: Charlie, Pushinka and Clipper, two ponies: Macaroni and Tex and Two parakeets: Bluebell and Marybelle.

President Dwight Eisenhower had a Weimaraner named Heidi.

President Harry S. Truman preferred to be pet free.  On two occasions they did own a two dogs Feller (Blond Cocker Spaniel) and Mike (Irish Setter) but both were given away after a short period of time.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt owned a Scottish Terrier named Murray the Outlaw of Falahill who became known as Fala.  The dog slept at the foot of the President's bed in a special chair, received a bone each morning on the President's breakfast tray and was his trusted companion who went everywhere with him.

President Herbert Hoover owned dogs and most famous was his Police Dog named King Tut.  In addition, his son, Alan Henry Hoover, owned two gators that were occasionally known to wander the White House grounds.

President Calvin Coolidge most famous pet was his white collie, Tiger the alley cat and Rebecca the racoon.  Rebecca was walked on a leash. However Calvin and Grace Coolidge had a zoo at the White House that included: dogs ( Terrier, Airedale, Shtetland Sheepdog, Chow, Brown Collie, Bulldog, Police Dog, Yellow Collie), cats, raccons, donkeys and birds. Knowing their love for animals many sent them pets.  The exotic pets were sent to the zoo.

President Warren Harding owned an Airedale name Laddie Boy and a English Bulldog named Old Boy.  He also kept a pen of turkeys at the White House

President Woodrow Wilson kept sheep on the South Lawn to keep the lawn trim during WWII to replace the gardeners who were serving their country and cut costs.

President William Taft had a cow named Pauline who lived at the White House and provided milk for the President.

President Theodore Roosevelt had young children who loved pets.  They owned cats, dogs, snakes, raccoons, guinea pigs, horses and a Calico Pony named Alqonquian to name a few.

President William McKinley owned a Mexican double-yellow-headed parrot.

President Benjamin Harrison had a billy goat named Old Whiskers and dogs.

President Thomas Jefferson had a mockingbird that he taught to take food from his lips.

President Zachary Taylor, took his old war-horse Whitey to live on the White House grounds.

President Lincoln had a son named Tad who befriended the turkey sent to the White House for the holiday feast.  He named his new friend Jack.  As Christmas approached Tad burst into a cabinet meeting in tears and begged his father to pardon the bird.  It is believed that is this the basis for the modern day turkey pardoning at the White House at Thanksgiving.  They also had a pig, dogs, cats, ponies and a white rabbit.

President John Quincy Adams had an alligator that was a present from the Marquis de Lafayette.

President John Adams built the first stables at the White House for his horse Cleopatra.   He also had two dogs, Juno and Satan.

President George Washington had horses, including Nelson and Blueskin used during the Revolution.  He also owned a number of hounds and a parrot belonging to Martha.