This is a list of pets belonging to United States Presidents and their families, while serving their term(s) in office.
History of White House dogs
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The first White House dog to receive regular newspaper coverage was Warren G. Harding's dog Laddie Boy.
Pets also featured on presidential elections. Herbert Hoover got a Belgian shepherd dog, King Tut, during his campaign and pictures of him with his new dog were sent all across the United States.
In 1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt was running for his fourth term when rumors surfaced that his Scottish Terrier, Fala, had accidentally been left behind when visiting the Aleutian Islands. After allegedly sending back ships to rescue his dog, Roosevelt was ridiculed and accused of spending thousands of taxpayers' dollars to retrieve his dog. At a speech following this Roosevelt said, "you can criticize me, my wife and my family, but you can't criticize my little dog. He's Scotch and all these allegations about spending all this money have just made his little soul furious." What was later called the "Fala Speech" reportedly helped secure re-election for Roosevelt.
Richard Nixon was accused of hiding a secret slush fund during his candidacy for vice president under Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952. He gave a televised "Checkers speech" named after his cocker spaniel; denying he had a slush fund but admitted that, "there is one thing that I did get as a gift that I'm not going to give back.â The gift was a black and white cocker spaniel, Checkers, given to his daughters. Although Nixon had been in danger of being kicked off the ticket, following his speech he received an increase in support and Mamie Eisenhower reportedly recommended he stay because he was âsuch a warm personâ.
On the other hand, many believe that President Lyndon B. Johnsonâs image was damaged because of his pets. He was photographed picking his two Beagle dogs named Him and Her up by their ears. Much of the public was outraged and animal lovers spoke out against it. Others, however, did not understand the basis of the uproar and former President Harry S. Truman was even reported to have said, "What the hell are the critics complaining about; that's how you handle hounds." While it may not have hurt his presidency, this scandal shed a new light on the president's image.
List of Presidential pets
- Canadian Parliamentary Cats
- Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office
- Presidential Pets photo album
- A Look Back: Pets in the White House
- The Associated Press's "Presidential Pooches" photo gallery
- Presidential Pets MuseumÂ â" Private museum in Glen Allen, Virginia
- Pets in the White HouseÂ â" White House for Kids (official Clinton archive)
- Morrow, Laurie Bogart, The Giant Book of Dog Names, p.414