“First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Pets”

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“First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Pets” showcases images and stories about some of the top dogs who have resided at the nation’s most prestigious address.

Fetching facts about America’s First Dogs:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Scottish terrier, Fala, had his own press secretary
  • Warren G. Harding’s Airedale, Laddie Boy, had his own chair at Cabinet meetings
  • A book “written” by George H.W. Bush’s English springer spaniel, Millie, sold more copies than Bush’s own book
  • John F. Kennedy was allergic to dogs. Even so, the Kennedys had nine, including Pushinka, a gift from Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev
  • Herbert Hoover won fans, and possibly his 1928 election, by posing with his police dog, King Tut, for campaign photos
  • George W. Bush’s Scottish terrier, Barney, became an Internet sensation with his “Barney Cam” videos showing life at the White House from a dog’s-eye view
  • Calvin and Grace Coolidge maintained a menagerie during his presidency, including 12 dogs and a pair of raccoons

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