It was a sunny day indeed for the First Family, who expanded their canine brood on Aug. 19, 2013, with a furry addition: Portuguese water dog Sunny, who joined rambunctious fellow Portuguese water dog Bo in the White House. He’s the perfect Capitol tour guide for his sister: Since going home with the Obama family in 2009, Bo has attracted major media attention, traveling with the Obamas and making public appearances of his own.
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George W. Bush’s Scottish terrier Barney may have earned notoriety for biting a member of the press corps, but he had his cute moments, starring in a series of White House videos with puppy pal Miss Beazley.
Chocolate Lab Buddy loved nuzzling his way into Bill Clinton’s conversations, while Socks the cat (inset, with Hillary Clinton) was daughter Chelsea’s preferred pet. The fuzzy feline lived out his final years with Betty Currie, the President’s former personal secretary.
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The springer spaniel earned fame for “writing” Millie’s Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush – landing her on the New York Times bestseller list – and later gave birth to another White House puppy, George H.W. Bush’s pet Ranger.
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The peculiarly named pup joined three other beagles – plus a collie and a mutt – during Lyndon Johnson’s term. But when the President lifted Him by his ears, he gave dog lovers something to bark about.
“Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House,” was Calvin Coolidge’s famous phrase. The President, with wife Grace (pictured), also raised raccoons, a mockingbird, a bear cub, tiger cubs and a wallaby.