White House Dogs and Cats January, 2009

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Animal Trivia:

Name this dog, and his owner.

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Will A Terrier Be The Next White House dog?

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It’s not often that a dog is in the headlines of all major newspapers in the country.
Of course, this particular dog is still an unknown!

What kind of dog do you think will be the next White House dog?

Terriers Abound!

Terriers, in all their various forms, have been some of the most popular dogs to occupy the White House. Yep, we were surprised as well.

Charlie Take a look at this list!

  • George W. Bush - Barney and Miss Beazley, Scottish Terriers
  • Nixon - Pasha, Yorkshire Terrier
  • JF Kennedy - Charlie (who was Asta’s cousin), Welsh Terrier
  • Eisenhower - Caacie and Telek, Scottish terriers
  • FDR - Fala and Maggie, Scottish Terriers
  • Hoover - Ben Ben and Sonnie, Fox Terriers
  • Coolidge - Paul Pry, Airedale Terrier, Peter Pan, a terrier
  • Harding - Laddie, Airedale Terrier
  • Kermit Roosevelt (Theodore’s son) - Black Jack, Manchester Terrier
  • Theodore Roosevelt - Pete, a (Pit)Bull Terrier, Skip, mongrel Terrier
  • Rutherford B. Hayes - Dot, a terrier
  • Buchanan - Punch, Toy Terrier
  • Depending on your age, it’s either Barney or Fala as the most well known terrier in the White House.

    Fala Fala, the Scottish Terrier, was given to FDR in 1940 and traveled with him everywhere - in cars, trains and boats. During FDR’s fireside chats, people vividly remember the announcer saying that Fala was beside the President. He was so popular that a secretary was appointed to answer the enormous amount of mail sent to him.

    Barney had several claims to fame - among them "Barney Cam" and his own White House website pages, his introduction to Miss Beazley, and the reporter who got himself bitten!

    Want to see more - go here for great classic White House pet photos.

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    One more time - you say - "HOW DO I DO THIS!" and then try to not think about throwing the computer across the room.

    Try a computer help forum - and just maybe you can get an answer you understand!

    Tips - read the rules & policies (before posting); use the search feature to see if your question was already answered (before posting); and, finally, just because it's written doesn't mean it's true. Be careful before doing anything drastic, and back up your data.

    Here are 2 forums that are relatively easy to figure out - with many more out there.

    This forum is by 5 Star Support

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    Cattails - Cats in the White HouseSocks

    We couldn’t forget the "First Cats"!

  • Susan Ford (Gerald’s daughter) - Shan, Siamese
  • Fanny Hayes (Rutherford’s daughter) - Siam, Siamese
  • Kennedy - Tom Kitten, a gray cat
  • Clinton - Socks
  • Shan the Siamese
  • George W. Bush - India, domestic shorthair
  • Amy Carter - Misty Malarky Ying Yang, Siamese
  • Woodrow Wilson - Puffins
  • Theodore Roosevelt - Tom Quartz and Slippers
  • McKinley - Valeriano Weyler and Enrique DeLome, Angoras
  • Rutherford Hayes - Miss Pussy, Siamese
  • Lincoln - cats - many !

  • Siamese cats were very popular! See the beautiful ones our breeders are offering.

    Jenny de Vries:

    "A cat allows you to sleep on the bed. On the edge"

    Animal Trivia Answer:   Laddie (Boy) - Warren G. Harding’s Dog

    Laddie the Airedale

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