Fifty Years of Presidential Pooches

Whether we love or hate the present White House resident, there’s always a chance that he has an adorable dog. Here’s a brief peek at some Presidential Pooches:

* Miss Beazley: One of President GW Bush’s three pet dogs. Miss Beazley is a tiny black Scottish Terrier. Miss B was presented to the President and Mrs Bush on January 6th, 2005 by dog breeder Bill Berry.

* Barney: another little black Scottish terrier who was a gift from New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman to Laura Bush.

* Spot: Spot the English Springer Spaniel was a wonderful companion to President and Mrs Bush from the time before he took office until Spot passed away peacefully in 2006 a the ripe age of eleven. Spot was the pup of former First Lady Barbara Bush’s famous dog, Millie.

* Buddy: Buddy was a chocolate Labrador Retriever that arrived in the White House in December 1997. He served out President Clinton’s term and was, sadly, hit by a car and killed after leaving office.

* Millie: The first President Bush’s pooch was the only First Pet to write a book. Millie had puppies while President George Bush was in office and one of her puppies, Spot, spent time in the White House with the second President Bush.

* Lucky and Rex: These two Spaniels lived in the White House with President Ronald Reagan from 1981 through 1989.

* Grits: Was given to President James Carter’s daughter, Amy, by one of her school teachers and was eventually returned to the same. He just couldn’t get along with First Cat Miss Malarky Yin-Yang.

* Liberty: Liberty was a wonderful Golden Retriever who lived in the White House with President Gerald R Ford and his family from 1974 through 1977.

* Checkers: Mentioned in a famous speech by then-Vice President Richard M Nixon, she lived in the White House during his presidency with three other dogs named Vicky, Pasha and King Timahoe.

* Him & Her: Pair of Beagles that lived in the White House with President Lyndon Baines Johnson along with two other pooches, Blanco and Yuki.

* Charlie: Welsh Terrier that lived in the White House with President John F Kennedy along with three other dogs, Butterfly, White Tips, Blackie and Streaker. All in all, the Kennedy time was some of the doggiest the White House has ever seen.

* Heidi: President Dwight Eisenhower’s pet Weimaraner from 1953 to 1961.

It just goes to show that no matter how disparate their politics, Presidents and their families all seem to agree that having a dog around the house is a real good thing.

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