The White House
Goes to the Dogs
JFK with Charlie, a
Welsh Terrier. Charlie was a cousin to the
dog "Asta" that is featured prominently in
"The Thin Man" movies. JFK owned at least
four other dogs, including an Irish Wolf Hound given
to him by an Irish priest.
Warren G. Harding
with the Airedale "Laddie". In his
day, this was quite a famous dog, and it even had its
owned "cabinet chair." The Smithsonian
Museum has a statue of the dog.
The Eisenhower family with the Jack Russell Terrier
"Flip". This picture was taken
around 1907 and the tall young "Ike" is
standing with white shirt at the back. While
President, Ike had two Scottish
terriers and a Weimeraner.
Roosevelt, with family and "Skip," a small
cross-bred feist that Roosevelt adopted
while on a bear hunting trip out West. This dog
is the origin of the America Rat Terrier breed.
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A very young
Gerald Ford with a Boston Terrier, about
1916. In the White House, he owned a Golden
Retriever named "Liberty".
Nixon on the beach
with a Yorkshire Terrier jabbering at his
side. This picture is all Nixon: a man wearing dress pants and shoes
at the beach, uncomfortable, the picture askew.
Nixon's other two dogs were a French Poodle and
"King Timahoe," a
brain-befogged Irish setter.
FDR riding with
the Scottie "Falla" in 1940. Falla
went everywhere with FDR except for the trip to
Yalta, and became the most famous of the White
House dogs. The statue of FDR at the FDR Memorial
in Washington, D.C. has an enormous bronze Falla
sitting at his side. FDR also had eight other
LBJ with his two
beagles, named "Him" and
"Her." Johnson was a Texan and liked to
lift the front end of the dogs up by their ears and
hear them yip in consternation; the ASPCA
disapproved, but Johnson hardly cared.
"Her" died after swallowing a rock, and
"Him" was run over when chasing a squirrel.
Johnson owned three other dogs while at the White
House -- a small mongrel found loose at a gas
station, a white collie, and another beagle given to
him by J. Edgar Hoover.
Grace Coolidge with
a pet raccoon at a White House Easter Egg
event. Calvin Coolidge had many exotic animals at the
White House, including a Pygmy Hippo, two lion cubs,
a wallaby, and a bear. They also had 10 dogs,
including 3 Collies, an Airedale, and a Fox Terrier.
George W. Bush
with the Scottie "Barney."
Bush's other dog was named "Spot" -- a
brilliant flash of originality and imagination in the
world of naming.
Kermit Roosevelt with a
Manchester terrier by the name of
"Jack" or "Black Jack" on
the White House lawn in 1902. Teddy Roosevelt
had over 31 animals at the White House -- a
record unlikely to ever be broken. One of the
dogs, a Bull Terrier named "Pete,"
ripped the pants of the French Ambassador.