Presidential Pets

Politics aside, we can all agree that these loyal, 'first pets,' provided our leaders comfort in times of need and helped them cope with the stress of the Oval Office

Posted on: March 06, 2017

Presidential Pets

PRESIDENTIAL GREETING

Presidential Greeting Wikimedia Commons

President Obama gets a warm greeting from his pup, Bo.  

OUR FAVORITE FIRST FAMILY WITH THEIR DOGGIES

Our Favorite First Family With Their Doggies Wikimedia Commons

Is there a better way to unwind than a weekend away with the family and ALL of your pets? The Kennedy’s with dogs: Clipper ( standing ), Charlie ( with Caroline ), Wolf ( reclining ), Shannon ( with John Jr. ), two of Pushinka’s puppies ( with Mrs. Kennedy ).

RONALD REAGAN AND LUCKY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL HELICOPTER

Ronald Reagan And Lucky On The Presidential Helicopter Reagan Library Archives

President Reagan had several dogs during his presidency. Lucky, featured above would get excited and wag his tail whenever they were going on a helicopter ride.  

CHECKERS PAVED THE ROAD TO THE WHITEHOUSE

Checkers Paved The Road To The Whitehouse The Dodo

There’s no doubt that President Nixon loved his dog Checkers. Perhaps part of the reason is that Checkers helped reshape the President’s image when he was fighting to stay on the Republican ticket as he was featured in a national TV spot to combat complaints about campaign donations.  The excerpt follows:  One other thing I probably should tell you, because if we don’t they’ll probably be saying this about me too, we did get something—a gift—after the election. A man down in Texas heard Pat on the radio mention the fact that our two youngsters would like to have a dog. And, believe it or not, the day before we left on this campaign trip we got a message from Union Station in Baltimore saying they had a package for us. We went down to get it.You know what it was?It was a little cocker spaniel dog in a crate that he’d sent all the way from Texas. Black and white spotted. And our little girl—Tricia, the 6-year-old—named it Checkers. And you know, the kids, like all kids, love the dog and I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we’re gonna keep it.

BARNEY & GEORGE BUSH

Barney & George Bush Wikimedia Commons

President Bush is holding his longtime companion, Barney.  This little terrier was known to guard the oval office and attend various important state affairs. 

PUPPY LOVE RUNS IN THE BUSH FAMILY

Puppy Love Runs In The Bush Family Wikimedia Commons

Bush senior with Millie and her puppies stroll across the white house lawn.  Both father and son share a love for their canine companions.

MILLIE’S ROLE IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Millie's Role In Foreign Affairs Potus Geeks

Millie is greeting Putin, with President Bush looking on from behind.  The key in peaceful relations with Russia?

LYNDON JOHNSON HOWLING WITH YUKI

Lyndon Johnson Howling With Yuki History Buff

Lyndon Johnson may be the biggest animal lover out of all of the Presidents.  He even recorded an album titled, “Dogs Have Always Been My Friend,” featuring a story of how Yuki (featured above) came into his life.  

HARD AT WORK WITH YUKI

Hard At Work With Yuki History Buff

President Johnson amuses onlookers by placing Yuki on the bill signing desk.  

FALA & FDR ON A DRIVE

Fala & FDR On A Drive []( “”)

Fala, Roosevelt’s right hand will long be remembered; as he was featured next to the President at the FDR memorial in Washington, DC.  

NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED FOR LIBERTY

No Appointment Needed For Liberty The Presidential Pet Museum

President Ford and his dog Liberty won over the hearts of many Americans.  The President once got locked out of the White House after an evening stroll.  

LADDIE AND PRESIDENT HARDING POSING FOR A PICTURE

Laddie And President Harding Posing For A Picture Wikimedia Commons

Laddie was literally President Harding’s shadow.  They golfed, attended state affairs and cabinet meetings.  Laddie was so important that he got his own chair at important functions and was featured almost daily in news outlets the month after President Harding started office.  

PRESIDENT TRUMP AND…WELL, NO ONE FOR NOW

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