Hi Horse Pals ~
Here is another article I wrote for the newspaper that I thought you might all enjoy!
As you know, I am a HUGE dog lover, along with the rest of the world! Did you know that it is the most popular animal in the world? And our U.S. Presidents agree! Throughout history, Presidents have owned and loved dogs making them famous during their White House years and beyond.
Here are some fun facts about Presidents and their canine companions!
The first U.S. President George Washington owned 10 Hounds called Mopsey, Taster, Cloe, Tipler, Forester, Captain, Lady Rover, Vulcan, Sweetlips and Searcher.
Abraham Lincoln owned at least 2 dogs and their names were Fido and Jip.
Theodore Roosevelt owned a Pit bull Terrier named Pete, a Chesapeake Retriever named Sailor Boy, a Terrier named Jack, a mongrel named Skip and a Spaniel named Manchu.
Calvin Coolidge owned at least 12 dogs:
A Terrier (Peter Pan), an Airedale (Laddie Buck/Paul Pry), 2 White Collies (Oshkosh/Rob Roy and Prudence Primm), a Shetland Sheepdog (Calamity Jane), 2 Chows (Tiny Tim and Blackberry), a Brown Collie (Ruby Rough), a Yellow Collie (Bessie), a Bulldog (Boston Beans), a Police Dog (King Kole) and a Bird Dog (Palo Alto). That is a lot of dogs!
President John F. Kennedy owned the following dogs: Welsh Terriers - Charlie and Pushinka, German Shepherd – Clipper, Irish Cocker Spaniel – Shannon, Irish Wolfhound – Wolf, Terriers - White Tips, Blackie and Streaker. John F. Kennedy was the first President to request that his dogs meet the presidential helicopter when the President arrived at the White House. Soviet Premier Kruschev gave him a dog named Pushinka who was the offspring of the Russian space dog Strelka. Pushinka had 4 puppies of her own puppies who JFK called “pupniks”! Pushinka often made the President laugh by climbing up the ladder to Caroline's tree house. The Prime Minister of Ireland gave JFK the Irish Cocker Spaniel, Shannon.
Richard Nixon owned 4 dogs: Spaniel (Checkers), an Irish Setter (King Timahoe), a Terrier (Pasha) and a Poodle (Vicky) When he entered the White House a member of his staff gave him the Irish Setter, King Timahoe, which he named for the little village in Ireland where his mother’s ancestors came from.
Gerald Ford owned a Golden Retriever named Liberty who gave birth to nine puppies at the White House.
George H W Bush owned a Springer Spaniel called Millie and her puppy named Ranger. "Millie", the Springer Spaniel, is the subject of a book that has sold more copies than the autobiography of George Bush himself.
President George W Bush's dogs include a Scottish Terrier named Barney and an English Springer spaniel named Spot. Spot was named after Scott Fletcher, a former Texas Rangers baseball player. President Bush's dog Spot is the only dog to live in the White House during two administrations. Spot was born to Millie, George H.W. Bush's dog, when George H.W. Bush was President. Spot was given to his son George W. Bush who returned the Terrier to the White House for his term of office.
And President Obama and his family have a Portuguese Water Dog named Bo who now calls the White House home. Bo was a gift from Sen. Ted Kennedy, who owns three dogs of the same breed, known for high spirits and said to be a good fit for kids with allergies.