7 Presidential Pets That Can Count On Our Vote

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
It’s not easy being the head of the state, but it seems that many presidents found having a pet helps take some stress out of the job.

Although there currently is no pet living in the White House (for the first time in over 150 years!), animal companions are a regular occurrence in the presidential residence. The grounds have seen some very unusual furry, scaly, and feathery friends and, more than once, presidents have even kept their own private zoos.

Take a look at some of the most interesting and adorable pets that called White House their home!

Richard Nixon, 1969-1974

No, these pretty pooches weren’t famous for their modelling career, but for their family. Nixon’s family pets were named King Timahoe ( Irish Setter), Vicky ( Poodle), and Pasha ( Yorkshire Terrier). Fun fact: Pasha is still the only Yorkie First Pet.

Benjamin Harrison, 1889 – 1893

Benjamin Harrison’s goat Whiskers was his grandchildren’s favorite- and you can see why. Additionally, the 23rd president had a Collie named Dash and a pair of opossums: Mr. Reciprocity and Mr. Protection.

Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929

Apparently, this adorable girl was sent to the White House to be served for the 1926 Thanksgiving dinner (which is very weird and creepy)- but the president Calvin Coolidge and his wife decided to keep her as a pet. She was quite mischievous and loved nothing more than playing during bath time!

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1993-1945

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s pooch turned is the only White House pet to be honored with his own statue. The president took the black Scottish Terrier with him everywhere he went and used every chance to mention his furry best friend in his speeches.

William H. Taft, 1909-1923

It seems that company of his pooch Caruso wasn’t enough for president William Howard Taft, because the family kept a cow as a pet as well. Pauline Wayne spent her time grazing the White House lawn, a luxury that not many of her kind got to experience.

Warren G. Harding, 1921-1923

President Warren G. Harding and his wife, Florence, were big animal lovers. Their beloved Airedale Terrier, Laddie Boy, also served as a poster boy for the First Lady’s promotion of animal right issues. And yes, in case you’re wondering, that is a 1920’s version of a pet’s birthday cake.

George W. Bush, 2001-2009

India, a black American Shorthair, lived with President Bush and his family for almost two decades. Unfortunately, she’s been overshadowed by the family’s two dogs who were favored by the public and the media. Seeing the presidential feline’s Halloween photo, I can’t say I understand why she wasn’t a media sweetheart, honestly.

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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